BURGERS can be part of a healthy diet — and so can cheese, researchers say.
It gives us the opportunity to enjoy a cheeseburger even during grilling season – especially if we serve it with a fresh salad.
Previous studies have linked processed meats — like bacon, sausage, and salami — to cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
However, recent research suggests that small amounts of unprocessed red meat and whole dairy products have no impact on health — as long as you eat well.
The results come from a Canadian study that compared diet and rates of early death, stroke and heart disease in 80 countries.
People who ate a higher than average amount of fruit, vegetables, fish, nuts and legumes such as beans were the healthiest and less likely to die young.
However, it has also been found that 85g of red meat a day is not harmful to your health – it just needs to be unprocessed, such as steaks and chops or the ground beef used to make fresh burgers.
dr McMaster University’s Andrew Mente said: “A modest amount of meat can be part of a healthy diet.”
Meanwhile, two servings a day of full-fat dairy products like cheese, milk or yogurt helped reduce the risk of the disease and could lower blood pressure.
dr Mente added: “Nutrition labeling focuses on reducing fat and saturated fat. However, our results suggest that priority should be given to increasing protective foods such as nuts, fish and dairy.”