12 Jan '12, 6am
Eating lots of red meat raises the risk of having a stroke while poultry lowers it: US study
(REUTERS) - While a high-protein diet may have health benefits, not all protein is equal - eating lots of red meat raises the risk of having a stroke while poultry lowers it, according to a United States study. 'The main message from this paper is that the type of protein or the protein package is really important for the risk of stroke,' Frank Hu at the Harvard School of Public Health said of the study, which was published in the journal Stroke. 'We have to consider protein in the context of the foods.' Mr Hu and a team of researchers collected data from two massive health surveys that tracked nearly 130,000 men and women from roughly middle age to their senior and elderly years. Over the 20-some years of the study, nearly 1,400 men and more than 2,600 women had a stroke.