In one of the largest nutrition studies ever completed, meat consumption — and specifically chicken and poultry consumption — was significantly associated with weight gain in men and women. The link remained regardless of calories. It was the animal protein that caused the weight gain – not the protein in general. The researchers said:
“In conclusion, our results indicate that meat intake is positively associated with weight gain and this association persisted after adjustment for total energy intake and underlying dietary patterns. Our results are therefore in favor of the public health recommendation to decrease meat consumption [including chicken and poultry] for health improvement. Our results suggest that a decrease in meat consumption may improve weight management”
The EPIC-PANACEA Study
- Looked at the association between meat intake and weight gain
- 10 countries studied for 5 years
- 103,455 men studied
- 270,348 women studied
- Was controlled for other factors such as body size, BMI, exercise, education, smoking, drinking and many other factors
- It compared people eating the same amount of calories
- The conclusion was “Total meat consumption was positively associated with weight gain in all peoples studied…”
- The biggest single relationship with weight gain was “eating poultry”
Further Reading: The research, studies and food recommendations from the WCRF & AICR 2018, to help lower your risk of, and to prevent, breast cancer, are built around following; a no-alcohol, plant-based wholefood diet.
The Associations between Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Risk of Breast Cancer – World Cancer Research Fund International Systematic Literature Review 2017
Chicken delivers weight gain – not weight loss References:
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- Meat intake’s influence on body fatness cannot be assessed without measurement of body fat. [Am J Clin Nutr. 2010]
- Michael Greger M.D. FACLM September 4th, 2012 Volume 10, Meat & Weight Gain in the PANACEA Study.
- Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Aug;92(2):398-407. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.28713. Epub 2010 Jun 30.
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- Author information
- Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom. email@example.com
- Research taken from the large European population who participated in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Physical Activity, Nutrition, Alcohol, Cessation of Smoking, Eating Out of Home and Obesity (EPIC-PANACEA) project.
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