Red meat puts on pressure

| Post published on June 2, 2008
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New research in the British Medical Journal suggests that eating red meat can increase blood pressure (BP). This study found that the different types of iron (haem iron and non-haem iron) have opposite effects on blood pressure; non-haem iron (mainly from plant foods) lowered blood pressure, whereas haem iron (from red meat) increased it. High blood pressure is linked to heart disease and stroke.

Tzoulaki et al., 2008. Relation of iron and red meat intake to blood pressure: cross sectional epidemiological study. British Medical Journal. 337 a258.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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