A comprehensive research project from the University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) involving over 4.4 million people explores the relationship between red meat consumption and major health issues like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Findings suggest that increased intake of red meat, especially processed varieties, is linked to higher risks of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The study reveals differences in the impact of red meat between Western and Eastern diets, with Western settings showing a stronger association.
Although red meat is not inherently bad, moderation and consideration of overall dietary habits are emphasized. The study’s lead warns of potential health challenges, particularly in places like Hong Kong, if meat-eating trends continue.
The key takeaway encourages a balanced approach to diet, emphasizing variety and moderation for heart and metabolic health. The study suggests that occasional consumption of red meat, alongside diverse dietary options, can contribute to both health and flavor.