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Step Away from the Bacon (and Hot Dogs)

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A cooked hot dog garnished with mustard.

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A study from Harvard used data from the Women’s Health Initiative and the Health Professional Follow-up Study involving 83,644 women and 37,698 men, respectively, who were followed periodically with food questionnaires for about 25 years.

One daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of the palm of your hand) was associated with a 13% increased risk of mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20% increased risk.  These analyses took into account chronic disease risk factors such as age, body mass index, physical activity, family history of heart disease, or major cancers.

Interestingly, when you look at the traditional diets of the Mediterranean countries via the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid as well as the traditional diets of Asian countries via the Asian Diet Pyramid, you will find at the top of both of these pyramids red meat recommended only a few times a month for the traditional Mediterranean Diet and only once a month for the Asian Pyramid.

The countries following these traditional diets have long been touted for their lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes than Western countries.  Do you think there is some connection here????   To read about the study in more detail,  CLICK HERE


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