Thursday, May 23, 2024
HomeMedical Myths and RumoursMedical MythsThe Red Meat and Heart Disease Myth

The Red Meat and Heart Disease Myth

Myth: Iron from red meat increases the risk of heart disease.

Truth: This is false.

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and researchers have found associations between eating more red meat and heart disease risk. However, it is not known how red meat can increase the risk of heart disease. Researchers speculated that it may be because red meat is rich in iron, and high iron levels in the blood can potentially contribute to the development of heart disease.

In The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a German study investigated if iron in red meat increases the risk of heart disease. Researchers found that iron from red meat does not increase the risk of heart disease. The study suggests that there must be other health or lifestyle factors that are the actual cause of heart disease. However, the study did find evidence that eating more red meat increases the risk of a heart attack. It remains unknown how red meat increases this risk. Click here to read more about this study.

Reference

  1. Quintana Pacheco DA, Sookthai D, Wittenbecher C, et al. Red meat consumption and risk of cardiovascular diseases-is increased iron load a possible link?. Am J Clin Nutr. 2018;107(1):113-119. doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqx014
RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest News and Articles

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTERS

Stay Connected
10,288FansLike
820FollowersFollow
249FollowersFollow
2,787FollowersFollow

Article of the month

Recognizing HIE: A Call for Advocacy

Have you heard of HIE? It’s the second leading cause of infant mortality and lifelong disability worldwide. 2-3 per 1,000 live births in high-income...

Joke Of The Day – May 23

An old man came to the doctor complaining of a very strong pain in his leg. “I am afraid it’s just old age”, replied the...

ADVERTISE WITH US

error: Content is read-only and copy-protected.