Researchers claim link between meat and memory loss

Red meat is once again in the firing line, with US researchers linking consumption with a decline in memory capability – prompting newspaper headlines linking meat with Alzheimer’s.

The research, linked to Harvard University, claimed that older women who ate lots of food high in saturated fats, such as meat and butter, had worse memories than others, reports claim.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the study looked at the results from 6,000 women, aged over 65, who carried out a series of mental tests over four years, while also answering questionnaires about their diet and lifestyle.

The Telegraph reported: “Having a poor memory can be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s in elderly people, although the former by no means always leads to the latter.”