Healthy diet can contain red meat, but the question is how much can you eat and can eating red meat increases your risk of bowel cancer.
If your diet contain red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, then the best way is to get it fresh and cooked weight, avoid eating processed meats like ham, bacon and salami as more as possible.
The Department of Health strongly advises people who eat more than 90 grams (cooked weight) of red and processed meat a day to cut down to maximum 70 grams. It is not a big cut but can be very helpful.
Evidence shows that there is connection between eating red and processed meat and the increase risk of bowel cancer. People who eat a lot of these meats are at higher risk of bowel cancer than those who eat small amounts.
Healthier lifestyle choices, such as sports activities maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can also help reduce your risk of cancer.
“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” Dr Kurt Straif from the WHO said.
What is processed meat?
Processed meat is usually make from meat which has been stored in freezers, multiple times defrost and frost over and over again. Meat that can’t be sell as fresh any more. This meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting. There is nothing healthy in it.
Examples include ham, bacon, pastrami and salami, as well as hot dogs and some sausages.
Hamburgers and minced meats only count as processed meat if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives.
Research has shown that eating processed meat can substantially increase your cancer risk. As there’s no real nutritional need to eat processed meats, if you eat meat, it’s best to choose fresh, unprocessed meat.