The wrong recipe for heart disease

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From the best chefs in the world we learn how to prepare a red meat steak, grilled to perfection. But new research from the University of South Australia suggests that such a cooking method would be detrimental to our health.

A study conducted in partnership with Gyeongsang National University found that meals containing red and processed meat have a high protein compound that can lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes complications, with research providing important dietary information for people with risk of degenerative diseases.

“When red meat is cooked at high temperatures, such as grilling or frying, it creates compounds called advanced glycosylation end products or AGE, which accelerate aging, and when consumed can accumulate in our body and interfere with normal cell functions. Thus, they can cause yellowing of the bones, stiffening of the joints, hardening and clogging of the blood vessels and myocardium, malfunction of organs, including the brain, inflammation and oxidative stress – all these are signs of a degenerative disease,” said Dr. Permal Deo, researcher at the University of South Australia.



Recently published in the magazine Nutrients, the study tested the impact of two diets – one rich in red meat and processed grains and the other rich in dairy, whole grains, nuts, legumes and white meat, using steaming or boiling as cooking methods. It has been found that a diet rich in grilled red meat has significantly increased AGE levels in the blood.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD), largely preventable, is the leading cause of death globally. In Australia, it is one in five deaths.

UniSA co-researcher Peter Clifton says:

“The message is quite clear: if we want to reduce the risk of heart disease, we need to reduce the amount of red meat we eat or be more careful about how we cook it. Frying or grilling may be the top cooking methods of chefs, but they may not be the best choice for people who want to reduce their risk of illness.”

If you want to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes complications, then choose a diet rich in dairy, whole grains, nuts, legumes, white meat and fish, using methods of steaming or boiling.

The Dahna app meets these criteria and is a good option for your long-term health.

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