Meat linked to weight gain

Reducing the amount of meat you eat may help you control your weight, according to UK researchers.

They studied nearly 400 000 European adults and found that eating meat was associated with weight gain, even when people consumed the same amount of calories, BBC News reported.

Processed meats such as ham and sausages had the strongest link with weight gain, said the Imperial College London researchers.

They said their findings suggest that high-protein diets may not help people lose or control weight in the long term, and reinforce public health messages urging people to reduce their meat consumption, BBC News reported.

The study appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (July 2010)

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