One type of food has been linked to an increase in cancer and type 2 diabetes.
When it comes to our health, we all know that eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet is crucial.
However, experts have recently issued a warning that one type of food is to blame for the rise in cancer and type 2 diabetes cases.
Adults should consume no more than 70g of red or processed meat per day, according to the NHS.
Red meat, such as beef, lamb, and pork, is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and can be included in a well-balanced diet, according to official recommendations.
Experts have now revealed in the BMJ Global Health that deaths caused by red and processed meat have increased by 75% in some countries.
In the last two decades, countries all over the world have increased their consumption of red and processed meat.
The researchers looked at the proportions of deaths and years of life lived with disability (DALYs) due to diet as a result of bowel cancer, type 2 diabetes, and coronary artery heart disease in people aged 25 and up in each country.
Experts looked at data from 154 countries from 1993 to 2018 and 14 different types of red meat.
These were all made from beef, pork, lamb, and goat, as well as six processed beef and pork products that were preserved through smoking, salting, curing, or chemical means.
Diet-related deaths linked to the global meat trade increased in three-quarters of the 154 countries studied between 1993-5 and 2016-18, according to the experts.
When the experts compared the increase in demand in each country with the number of deaths, they discovered that in 2016–18, there were 10,898 attributable deaths, up nearly 75% from 1993–5.
The Netherlands, Bahamas, Tonga, Denmark, Antigua and Barbuda, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Croatia, and Greece were among the top ten countries where attributable deaths were most linked to meat consumption from 2016 to 2018.
Meat deaths accounted for more than 7% of all diet-related deaths in these countries.
It’s worth noting that the study was observational, which means the researchers weren’t able to pinpoint a cause.
Many countries import these products only to export them again, according to the researchers, which skews their findings.
“This study demonstrates that global increases in red and processed meat trade contribute to the abrupt increase in diet-related [noncommunicable diseases],” the experts concluded.
“Future interventions must integrate health policies with agricultural and trade policies as quickly as possible, involving cooperation between responsible exporting and importing countries.”
Eating more than 25 grams of meat per day has been linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer.
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