Study Shows Eating Red or Processed Meat Puts You at Risk For Heart Disease

And even premature death.

If you have a lot of red and processed meat in your weekly diet, then you may need to worry about heart disease and premature death. According to a new study from Northwestern Medicine and Cornell University, meat consumption has links to both.

How much meat per week are we talking about? Two servings of red meat, processed meat, or poultry (except for fish) will put you at three to seven percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

"It's a small difference, but it's worth trying to reduce red meat and processed meat like pepperoni, bologna, and deli meats," said senior study author Norrina Allen, associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "Red meat consumption also is consistently linked to other health problems like cancer."

"Modifying intake of these animal protein foods may be an important strategy to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death at a population level," said lead study author Victor Zhong, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell, who did the research when he was a postdoctoral fellow in Allen's lab.

Instead, the researchers say you should replace most of the red and processed meat you eat with fish, seafood, and plant-based sources of protein. Think nuts and legumes such as beans and peas.

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