Study: Processed meats boost heart, diabetes risk

May 17, 2010 2:12:06 PM PDT
Do you want to lower your risk of heart disease by as much as 42 percent and diabetes by 19 percent? Scientists say get rid of bacon, sausage, hot dogs or other processed meats from your diet.

As little as 1.8 daily servings can cause those increases. A new study in the journal circulation found eating processed meat raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes, but eating unprocessed beef, pork, or lamb does not.

They suggest alt and chemical preservatives may be the real cause of these two health problems associated with eating meat.

Processed meat was defined as any meat preserved by smoking, curing, or salting, or with the addition of chemical preservatives.