Fourth of July is coming up, a big holiday for our nation, and for hot dogs. After reading this, you may want to reconsider what you put on the grill.
Scientists at the Department of Human Nutrition, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, followed 37,000 middle aged men over the course of 12 years. In 1997, none had heart disease, and they filled out an eating habit questionnaire.
In a recently published report, the researchers show that men who had more than 2.5 ounces (a single hot dog, or 3 slices of ham) of processed red meat per day had a 28% higher chance of heart failure than those who consumed less than 1 ounce. The men who reported eating unprocessed red meat (steak and other cuts), did not exhibit a higher chance for heart failure compared to the average population.
Please remember that correlation does not prove causation. The processed meat eaters may have had other habits that exacerbated their situation (smoking, drinking, etc…). And yet, 800 thousand people a year suffer from heart failure. Half of them die within 5 years.
This summer, perhaps less hot dogs on the grill, and a bit more steak?
Processed and Unprocessed Red Meat Consumption and Risk of Heart Failure: A Prospective Study of Men – Kaluza, Åkesson, Wolk – Circulation: Heart Failure, April 2014.