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Hamburgers Just Got Healthier

by David Lauterbach
2010 May 19
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Heart BurgerNot that it would have stopped most of us from devouring our favorite chopped steak, but a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health says that the heart risk that has been associated with red meat does not come from steak, hamburgers and other non-processed cuts.

Now for the bad news… the heart “risk” comes mostly from processed meats such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts. Damn, why does there always have to be a “bad news” part to these things?  I LIKE my burgers with bacon… and how about a mouth-watering bacon-wrapped fillet mignon?

According to the Wall Street Journal, the finding is surprising because both types of red meat are high in saturated fat. But the new study raises the possibility that when it comes to meat, the real bad factor may be salt. Processed meats generally have about four times the amount of salt as unprocessed meats.

The WSJ says that none of this suggests that steak is a new health food, but I’m sure by the time this news is whittled down to 140 characters on Twitter, we’ll all be on the baco-burger diet. I know I already am.

Full story at WSJ Online.

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