Official advice from the Department of Health earlier this week states that cutting down on your consumption of red meat will reduce the risk of cancer.
Although speculations have been around for a long time, not least in the ‘health food’ circles, it is the first time official advice like this is released in the UK. Studies have shown that there is evidence of the fact that red and processed meat and bowel cancer can be linked.
“People who eat a lot of red or processed meat – around 90g or more of cooked weight a day are at greater risk of getting bowel cancer.”
“Cutting down to the UK average of 70g a day can reduce risk.”
Their advice is “This can be achieved by eating smaller portions or by eating red and processed meat less often”. The fact that they feel the need to spell that out worries me, but that’s for a different blog post.
Just to clear things up, examples of a 70g portion of meat are:
2 standard beef burgers or;
six slices of salami or;
one lamb chop or;
two slices of roast lamb, beef or pork or;
three slices of ham
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