December 2018. Ndanuko R, Marklund M, Zheng M, Collins C, Raubenheimer D, Wu J.

This review examines the relationship between unprocessed meat intake and cardiovascular disease (CVD), focusing on: the association between meat/poultry consumption and CVD risk in adults; whether there is a level of consumption at which the risk of CVD increases; and the effect on CVD risk when unprocessed meat/poultry is added to healthy eating patterns. The findings suggest considering different recommendations for different populations. For the general population, the emphasis should be on healthy dietary patterns preferencing plant based and fish protein sources. In clinical populations, including up to 100 grams/day of unprocessed meat/poultry is considered reasonable to support adherence to a healthy dietary pattern.