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Beware of the Burger: Eating More Meat Linked to Blood Sugar Imbalances and Liver Disease

Despite the popularity of the Meatless Monday campaign and the buzz around “bleeding” veggie burgers, meat consumption continues to rise in the United States. In fact, this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates the average person will consume 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry, the most since 2004.

However, as Americans eat more animal protein than ever before, researchers in Israel suggest in a new study that the increased meat consumption may lead to chronic conditions that had not been reported previously.

Specifically, the study, published in the Journal of Hepatology, suggests high consumption of red and processed meats, including sausage and hot dogs, may lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and insulin resistance.


"High consumption of red and processed meats, including sausage and hot dogs, may lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and insulin resistance."


 

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