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Doctors Warn About Red Meats, Local Eatery Takes Action

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 11:23 AM CDT
Before you put that sausage on the grill, beware! A new study says processed red meats are linked to heart failure and an increased risk of death among men.

"One of the biggest problems in our American western diet is that we consume way too much processed food," said Springfield Clinic Dietitian, Amanda Figge.

The study in the journal "Circulation: Heart Failure" followed 37,000 healthy men for for 12 years.

Nearly  2,900 of them developed heart failure and 266 of them died.

Researchers found men who consume processed meat, like sausages and cold cuts, were 28% more likely to develop heart failure.

"For the most part these food are injected with a lot of nitrates. They are injected with a lot of preservatives. A lot of chemicals basically are being put into our foods," said Figge.

That's why restaurants like Augies Front Burner in Springfield process their own meat, including sausages.

"We make our own as well and we don't put a lot of nitrates in them," said Chef and Owner, August Mrozowski.

Mrozowski has been a Chef for 45 years. He's heard reports before about the dangers of red meat, but he believes everything is ok in moderation.

"I have eaten sausages my whole life. In fact, I had a hot dog one time last week. But one hot dog, I don't eat them everyday," said Mrozowski.

Although the recent report focused on processed meats, it also states that there is no link between heart failure and unprocessed red meat. Dietitian Amanda Figge disagrees.

She says everyone should  take care when eating any type of  red meats because the risk still exists

"I wouldn't used this as a free reign that this is giving people the opportunity to eat all the fresh meat that you want," said Figge.

Dietitians say you can eat red meat, but no more than 3 times a week.

They also encourage everyone to buy organic meat because it will pay off in the long run for your health.Doctors Warn About Red Meats, Local Eatery Takes Action


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