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Study shows diets high in red meat risk factor for coronary vascular disease

April 23, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor  

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It is well known that what we eat can contribute to our development of health conditions that can impact our lives greatly. 

A new study has taken a look at the risk factors for coronary vascular disease, which include heart attack and stroke, and the research has found that diets high in red meat are clearly a risk factor.

The report definitively showed that substituting red meat with high quality protein sources leads to a significant reduction in cardiovascular risk factors.

In simplest terms, the researchers are saying something that we've known for a while: The substitution of chicken and fish and plant proteins, such as soy or nuts, can actually help offset the damage that can be done with red meat and the lifestyle impact can be huge.