May 25th 2010 By Jeremy Taylor
Our happy hour fact to amaze your drinking buddies with.
A new mega-study found that red meat isn't linked to heart disease, strokes or diabetes -- unless it is salted or cured.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reviewed 1,600 studies that explored the health risks of eating red meat
. The scientists were surprised to find that unprocessed red meats aren't conclusively linked to any heart problems.
The same can not be said for processed red meats: Bacon
, hot dogs
and the like, in fact, contribute to all the health problems experts have long warned that red meats exacerbate.
The researchers speculate this is because it is the salt and nitrates used in cured meats -- rather than the saturated fat and cholesterol present in all red meat -- that cause the heart problems and diabetes.
But bacon lovers
shouldn't fret too much: You can still down one serving of your favorite salted and cured pork product a week without increasing your likelihood of health issues. However, that limited ration will hinder your ability to explore all the weird, bacon-based food stuffs
that are springing up all around us.