A Guilt-Free Burger?

Well, maybe. A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health "suggests that the heart risk long associated with red meat comes mostly from processed varieties such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts—and not from steak, hamburgers and other non-processed cuts." Make that beef grass-fed and now we're talking.

Here's the summary from The Wall Street Journal:

Processed meats such as bacon and sausage have four times the amount of salt as steak and hamburgers. Here's how various meats compare:

Less Harmful: Steak, hamburger, pork chops, lamb

  • Why they're not that bad: Low in sodium, higher protein, fewer calories.
  • Caveat: Higher cholesterol.

More Harmful: Bacon, sausage, packaged ham, hot dogs

  • Why they're a problem: four times the sodium compared with unprocessed meat, lower protein, more calories.
  • Caveat: Lower cholesterol.

Source: U.S. data from Harvard School of Public Health

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