Harvard Study Exempts Red Meat from Heart Disease, But . . .

Love to Eat| A new Harvard study says that eating red meat isn’t fundamentally bad for your health. (Note, we’re not talking any impact on the environment here or an establashed connection between red meat and colon cancer.) Previously, studies tended not to separate red meat eaters from those who also ate processed foods.

In fact, say the Harvard researchers, there’s a huge difference in the health consequences of eating processed foods vs red meat.

Eating one serving of processed food a day was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and 19 percent increased risk of diabetes. But there was no increase in risk associated with eating unprocessed red meat. Processed meats include bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs or processed deli or luncheon meats. Read on at NYTimes