Processed Meat Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
from www. FoodConsumer.org
Want to reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes? Try to reduce intake of processed meat! A new study released in the Jan 25, 2012 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating processed meat, particularly SPAM may boost the risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus by up to 106 percent.
Another early review study based on 1,600 studies led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found that eating 50 grams of per day of processed meat was correlated with a 19 percent increase in the risk of diabetes.
Renata Micha et al. found the association between diabetes risk and consumption of processed beef, pork and lamb products including bacon, sausage, hot dogs, salami, luncheon or processed deli meat.
Mich’a study also found eating 50 grams of processed meat per day was linked to a 42 percent increase in the risk of heart disease.
The US government estimates that an estimated 26 million Americans live with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Could the preservatives such as nitrites and or nitrates in the processed meat increase the risk for type 2 diabetes? Or does the high fat in SPAM cause the increase? Saturated fat and trans fat is known to increase risk for type 2 diabetes.
Spam, which stands for styled SPAM or SPiced HAM, is a canned precooked meat product manufactured by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The typical ingredients in the classic variety of Spam include chopped pork shoulder meat, ham meat, salt, water, modified potato starch, and sodium nitrite.