Red Meat: Processed vs. Unprocessed

Imagine seeing a person eating a burger with 4 beef patties and cheese, what is the first thing that pops into your head? In recent years, red meat has been looked at as a very unhealthy meat . We see so many restaurants now with healthier options such as turkey burgers or grilled chicken because eating red meat has been associated with heart problems and hypertension. In The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; there is an article that talks about a study done by Martin Lajous, Anne Bijon, Guy Fagherazzi, Emilie Rossignol, Marie-Chrtistine Boutron-Ruault and Francoise Clavel-Chapelon in which they study the correlation of unprocessed and processed red meat with hypertension in women.

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They observed 44,616 women between 1993 and 2003 and identified 10,256 incidents of hypertension. More specifically they noticed through self reports that women who ate more than 5 servings of processed red meat per week had a 17% higher chance of developing hypertension. No correlation was associated with unprocessed meat and hypertension in women. So based on this article, we cannot always assume that red meat is a completely horrible thing for you to consume, but it is okay if eaten in moderation and steer clear of processed red meats such as burgers, hot dogs and everyone’s favorite… bacon. Next time you go out for lunch remember that it’s better to get a burger with a turkey patty or grilled chicken patty than a double cheeseburger with bacon.

For more information or to view this article visit:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/100/3/948.abstract

 

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