Friday, October 10, 2014

Risks of Red Meat

The phrase "metabolic syndrome" is used to describe having three or more high risk factors for developing heart disease or diabetes.  These risk factors include obesity, high triglyceride levels, too  much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol, and high blood sugar levels.  Eating two servings of meat per day increases the risk of metabolic syndrome by 26%, according to a study published in Circulation in January of 2008.  Red meat is particularly likely to contribute to this risk. The big danger foods?  Red meat, fried foods, soda, and heavily processed foods.

This is certainly not the only arena in which red meat is associated with health risks.  Red meat eaters are twice as likely to get colon cancer.  Research has also shown a positive correlation between red meat consumption and rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis.  The frequency of consumption and the source of the  meat, especially conventionally raised meat, both play a role.

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