Red meat and sausages consumed excessively are not good for health. In addition to the already identified cancer risks, this overconsumption would increase the risk of developing NASH, fatty liver disease.
The consumption of meat decreases each year in France. In 2007, the French consumed an average of 58 grams of meat per day (excluding poultry), in 2013, they consume only 52.5 grams. A trend that should continue to grow for several reasons: health scandals, veganism trend and meat risks.
In fact, the consumption of red meat is associated with an increased risk of colon cancer, but could also have an impact on the risk of breast cancer, according to Inserm. A new study, published in the Journal of Hepatology, shows that over-consumption of red meat and sausages increases the risk of developing non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). It was conducted by Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University and Haifa University.
One to two million people potentially affected
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), also known as fatty liver disease or junk food disease, is a non-alcoholic cirrhosis. It is related to diet, and mainly to a high consumption of fats and sugars.
One to two million French people could suffer. For now, liver transplantation is the only care technique.
White meat to be preferred
Around 800 people participated in the research. 38.7% of patients were diagnosed with NASH. The largest consumers of red meat were mainly young men, with a high body mass index, and a high caloric intake.
The results show a link between the consumption of red meat and sausages and NASH, regardless of the consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol of individuals. In addition, most consumers of red meat use poor cooking techniques. Shira Zelber-Sagi is one of the authors of this research, she recommends eating rather white meat, such as turkey or chicken.
Better to cook steam or boiled, rather than frying meat or grilling at high temperatures. For red meat and charcuterie as for alcohol, it is moderation that prevails.