A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania linked food insecurity to high blood pressure. The study was publicized in the Journal of Hypertension.
The analysis of the diets of over 30,000 American adult participants yielded the conclusion that higher consumption of red and processed meat was associated with high blood pressure.
“Total red meat consumption and food insecurity were independently associated with higher odds of hypertension,” the study’s authors stated in their journal article.
“Substituting one serving/day of poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or plant-based protein sources for total red meat was each associated with 8–15% lower odds of hypertension,” the authors also mentioned.
“This study provides further evidence regarding the health hazards of total red meat consumption in relation with hypertension and calls for more awareness among food insecure groups.”