Eating a lot of processed meat is bad as It increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and insulin resistance, according to a study published in the Journal of Hepatology.
These results add to the increasing amount of evidence on the harmful effects of eating red and processed meats. Previous studies have found that red and processed meat consumption is linked to chronic diseases, such as cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. (Related: Deadly combination: How type 2 diabetes may increase your chances of contracting liver disease.)
The study, conducted by a team of researchers in Israel, evaluated the association of meat type and cooking method with NAFLD and insulin resistance. The team carried out a cross-sectional study in people between 40 and 70 years old who underwent colonoscopy screening at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Tel Aviv Medical Center. The participants also underwent a metabolic and hepatic screening study between 2013 and 2015.