A recent study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health finds a strong association between red meat consumption —especially processed meat—and an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
These researchers analyzed responses to questionnaires from more than 37,000 men and more than 79,000 women covering a span of 14 to 20 years. After adjusting for age, body max index and other lifestyle and dietary risk factors, they concluded that a daily serving of unprocessed red meat about the size of a deck of cards resulted in a 19% increase in Type 2 diabetes risk.
They also found that just one daily serving of half that quantity of processed meat (50 grams) equivalent to one hot dog, or sausage or two slices of bacon increased the risk a by 51%.
The researchers recommend that people eat healthier protein choices like nuts, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fish and beans.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition