Researchers Find Too Much Red Meat Increases Risk of Macular Degeneration While Higher Chicken Consumption Has Protective Effect

March 19, 2009

In the last week, the media has widely reported the results of research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, suggesting a strong link between high consumption of red meat and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia, studying 6,734 people between the ages of 58 and 69 from 1990-1994, found that those who consumed 10 portions or more a week  of red meat (such as roast beef, meatballs or lamb chops) were nearly 50 per cent more likely to experience macular degeneration in old age.

On the other hand, participants who ate chicken around 3.5 times per week or less, were 57% less likely to develop AMD than those who ate chicken 1.5 times per week.

See sample media reports on the study here and here.




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