Bacon is Still Bad
Saturated animal fats have been proven to be ok for your health, and it’s not a bad idea for many to incorporate more red meat into your diet. But you should still stay away from bacon, sausage, salami, ham, and other processed meats. Since they’re chockfull of sodium, nitrates, and preservatives and have way more saturated fat than you should eat in one sitting, it takes a shockingly small amount of these meat products to hurt your heart. This year, one study found that eating just three strips of bacon, one bratwurst, or three thin slices of deli meat a day can raise your risk of heart failure by 28 percent. That much can also double your odds of dying from cardiovascular issues.
However, the study found no increase in heart problems or mortality linked to unprocessed red meat. “Choose fresh, lean cuts of beef, pork, lamb, or veal, and stick to a 3- to 5-ounce serving no more than four times a week,” says Linda Van Horn, RD, professor of preventative medicine at Northwestern University and spokesperson for the American Heart Association.”But that’s only if the rest of your diet is high quality, with lots of fruits, veggies, and whole grains.”
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