“The evidence on the link between meat intake and cardiovascular disease is inconsistent. Therefore, we wanted to better understand the links between unprocessed red meat, poultry and processed meat intake with major cardiovascular disease and mortality,” said Romaina Iqbal, the study’s first author. associate professor at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.
“All available data suggest that eating a modest amount of unprocessed meat as part of a healthy diet is unlikely to be harmful,” said Mahshid Dehghan, an investigator with the Institute for Population Health Research (PHRI) at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.
The Study of Potential Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) was launched in 2003 and is the first multinational study to provide information on the link between raw and processed meat intake with health outcomes from low, middle and high income countries.
“The PURE study examines significantly more diverse populations and broad dietary patterns, allowing us to present new evidence that distinguishes between the effects of processed and unprocessed meat,” said senior author Salim Yusuf, executive director of PHRI.