Bowel Cancer - Red & Processed Meat

 Mon, 3rd May, 2021

Last week, our registered nutritionist Ruth attended a webinar about the latest research on bowel cancer and red & processed meat. Practical advice to reduce risk of bowel cancer is to enjoy more fruits & vegetables, wholegrains and eat less red and processed meat.

The World Cancer Research Fund recommends:

1. To eat little, if any, processed meat. Simple swaps include: 

  • Use alternatives to ham in sandwiches e.g. chicken, tuna, eggs.
  • Swap bacon for turkey or chicken rashers.
  • Choose fresh red meat sausages or chicken or vegetarian sausages.
  • Choose roast chicken, turkey or fish.

2. To enjoy <3 portions of red meat per week (if you eat meat). Red meat is a great source of protein, iron, zinc and vitamins B12 & B6 but it is important to be mindful of portion sizes. One portion is:

  • 3 thin slices of beef
  • 2 sausages*

* Fresh meat sausages made from pork/beef count as red meat (not processed meat) and chorizo/salami/frankfurter sausages count as processed meat.

It is important to remember that diet is just ONE lifestyle factor that can increase or decrease cancer risk. Other lifestyle factors include physical activity, body weight, alcohol and smoking. Recent research suggests that 67% of bowel cancer cases in men and 60% of cases in women could be preventable due to lifestyle factors.

Yours in health,

True Fitness

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