Harvard researchers have just published the results of a meta-study that strongly links processed meat consumption to heart disease and diabetes. Every fifty grams of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of heart disease by 42 percent, and the risk of diabetes by 19 percent.
Naturally, meat producers are doing their best to ignore these facts:
A spokesman for BPEX, which represents pork producers, insisted processed meats could form part of a balanced diet. He suggested further research was needed before any dietary recommendations could be made.
I’m guessing he wouldn’t say future research is needed if the study had come in showing no association between processed meats and disease. (Thanks, Matthew.) Link.