Increased meat consumption leads to higher rates of serious illness, study finds

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A new study provides more evidence that eating too much Red meat And not only is processed meat bad for you, it also makes you much more likely to develop several serious diseases.

Published in the medical journal BMJ, the paper focused on popular red meat and processed meat food products from animals such as cows, pigs, lambs, and goats. The researchers studied statistics on meat production and trade from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations between 1993 and 2018. Specifically, they studied 154 countries, then recorded how the amount of their consumption of red meat and processed meat corresponded with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) associated with that type of food. In particular, they calculated the proportions of deaths and years of life spent with a disability that could be attributed to diet among people aged 25 years and older and were caused by coronary arteries.

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