Does red meat consumption increase the risk for ill health conditions?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 29, 2022

Red meat and health is a controversial and divisive subject - in the past it has been linked with heart disease, cancer and more. However, newer research sought to put an end to the controversy, performing a large research analysis to determine the health risks that come from eating red meat. 

Study Summary

The research found that: 

  • The evidence that unprocessed red meat consumption increases the risk for colorectal cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, and ischemic heart disease is weak. 
  • Additionally, they did not identify a link between red meat consumption and stroke.

The Hearty Take

Although this study brought more clarity to the controversial topic, there is still evidence that red meat consumption is associated with increased risk of disease and increased risk of death. Despite these findings, there is still a need for more rigorous research in order to fully understand the relationship between health status and red meat consumption.

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