Eating Red Meat Frequently Increases Stroke Risk

Eating red meat frequently and a higher risk for stroke may change what’s on the menu for dinner tonight, according to a new study.

Researchers say eating a lot of red meat can elevate your chances of a having a stroke while eating chicken will lower it.

In fact, men who ate more than two servings of red meat each day had a 28 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those who ate maybe one-third of a serving per day, according to the study published in the journal Stroke.

Women had similar results. Two servings of red meat per day meant a 19 percent higher risk of stroke compared to women who ate less than half of one serving daily.

Previous studies have shown that people who often eat fish have fewer strokes. But the result that eating chicken can lower your risk for stroke is new.

Researchers looked at what happened when people ate other kinds of protein in lieu of one serving of red meat. By swapping red meat for poultry, the risk was lowered by 27 percent. Eating a serving of nuts or fish instead of red meat showed a 17 percent drop in risk while substituting red meat for a serving of dairy lowered the risk by about 11 percent.

Source: Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association

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