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Processed Meat and Telomere Shortening

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In 2008, researchers discussed the dietary patterns associated with telomere length in “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Using the subject pool from the “Multi-Ethnic Study on Atherosclerosis,” researchers found that only intake of processed meat was associated with telomere length, with an inverse relationship being observed. Greater intake of processed meats, but not red meats, was associated with telomere shortening. No food group was found to increase telomere length, however, and the researchers studied a number of other foodstuffs, including dairy, fried and non-fried fish, fruits and vegetables, and beverages like nondiet soda and coffee.

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