At this point it’s almost safe to say there aren’t many health related diseases out there that are NOT tied to elevated levels of meat consumption. It seems like every week I read a new report that links meat consumption, and especially increased levels of it, to a heightened chance of chronic disease. When will the rest of the population start to believe the reports though and when will mainstream media start to talk about it? The report is not surprising at all and I have mentioned this in other posts but these reports while hugely important are still common sense. It’s like saying diet and exercise is good for you or that smoking cigarettes can lead to an increased chance of cancer. Of course to vegans and vegetarians that’s a simple equation but reports and studies such as these only help to spread the word and force the media and associated groups to make it a topic of conversation. According to the report and the subsequent findings that were published in VegNews the study “divided 4,881 healthy participants into groups based on meat consumption to determine how their diet affects kidney function. Participants in the highest quartile of processed meat consumption increased their odds of developing CKD by 99 percent, while those in the highest total meat (red and processed) consumption quartile increased their CKD risk by 73 percent. Researchers found that each serving of red meat increased CKD risk by 15 percent while one serving of processed meat increased CKD risk by 28 percent. “Higher consumption of total red meat and processed meat was associated with increased risk of incident CKD. Furthermore, substitution of total red and processed meat in the diet with other sources of dietary protein (such as nuts and legumes) was associated with lower CKD risk,” the researchers concluded.