Does eating red meat cause inflammation?

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Inflammation is the body’s natural way to heal and protect your health but can also be harmful when it is ongoing or chronic.1 Chronic inflammation can cause damage to the body's cells and may increase risk for cancer and chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Studies suggest the consumption of  red and processed meats may increase inflammation in the body.2  To reduce the risk of inflammation, current research advocates an overall balanced diet that is rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and plant-based oils, such as olive oil.


In addition to diet, there are other lifestyle factors that contribute to inflammation and to our overall health, such as our level of stress and physical activity. Explore our Lifestyle page to learn more on what you can do to build more healthy habits!




  1. Moore, M. Inflammation and Diet. Published September 1, 2014. Accessed February 5, 2018.

  2. Montonen J, Boeing H, Fritsche A, Schleicher E, Joost HG, Schulze MB, Steffen A, Pischon T. Consumption of red meat and whole-grain bread in relation to biomarkers of obesity, inflammation, glucose metabolism and oxidative stress. European journal of nutrition. 2013;52(1):337–345.