Eating processed and red meat increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by Harvard University Researchers.
The study looked at medical data from more than 200,000 men and women who were followed for at least 10 years.
They found eating a two-ounce serving of processed meat, like hot dogs or bacon, every day increased the risk for diabetes 50 percent. A four-ounce serving of red meat, like steak or hamburger, also raised the risk of diabetes.
The researchers say the high sodium and nitrate content in meat might be behind the increased risk. They say substituting nuts, whole grains and low-fat dairy for some of these meats may lower the risk.
A spokesman from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says years of research have proven the benefits of red meat in a healthy diet outweigh the findings of this study. They add lean beef plays a significant role in a healthy eating plan.