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Eating processed meat can impact memory?

Are you fond of processed meat? If yes, then it’s high time to redefine your love for meat. As per a new study, eating processed meat daily can have an impact on memory. A team of researchers have showed that consuming a 25 gram serving of processed mea

The findings, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicated that people who consumed some unprocessed red meat, such as beef, pork or veal, 50g a day were 19 per cent less likely to develop dementia. "Worldwide, the prevalence of dementia is increasing and diet as a modifiable factor could play a role. Our research adds to the growing body of evidence linking processed meat consumption, to increased risk of a range of non-transmissible diseases," said lead researcher Huifeng Zhang from the University of Leeds in the US.

There are around 50 million dementia cases globally, with around 10 million new cases diagnosed every year. Its development and progression are associated with both genetic and environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle. More men than women were diagnosed with dementia in the study population. Some people were three to six times more likely to develop dementia due to well-established genetic factors, but the findings suggest the risks from eating processed meat were the same whether or not a person was genetically predisposed to developing the disease. (Image: istock)

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