A new study finds no connection between eating red meat and coronary heart disease, but a link could still be there.
A review of studies in mice found that eating red and processed meat did not have an effect on the risk of developing heart disease.
The results, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, could help doctors make better decisions about restricting diets high in red meat.
A few studies have found a link between red meat consumption and coronary artery disease, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Red meat is an animal that is high in saturated fat, sodium and calories.
It has been linked to a variety of health problems, including heart disease and cancer.
“The message is we don’t know enough yet to recommend that people stop eating red meats and get a heart attack,” said Mark Bittman, a professor of nutrition and food science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The researchers found that a diet high in meat and processed meats, or even red meat itself, did not cause any health problems.
“When you go to the store, you’re seeing a lot of red meat,” said Bittmann, who was not involved in the study.
“But the reason that red meat is on your plate, it’s there to give you the energy to digest the food, and it’s very high in calories.”
But some researchers worry that some of the studies they have seen show the link between meat and cardiovascular disease.
“It seems like a bad study to me,” said Jennifer Lohr, an assistant professor of food science and director of the Nutritional Epidemiology and Obesity Program at the Harvard School of Public Health.
“There’s a lot that we don to know.”
Lohd said it was possible that the results were due to confounding factors that might not be accounted for.
“We don’t really know how many calories there are in red meats, and so you might be eating more than you should or you might not,” Lohrd said.
Some researchers have said that red meats are high in fat, and that eating them could lead to higher rates of obesity.
Lohl said it is also possible that eating processed meat causes inflammation, which could lead people to have a higher risk of heart disease later in life.
But she added that it was difficult to find evidence of an association between meat consumption or the risk for coronary heart death.
“I would say this study is the strongest evidence yet that red and/or processed meat consumption does not increase the risk (of heart disease) in people,” Lothra said.
“What we know is that a lot more work needs to be done before we can say whether or not it’s a causal relationship.”