One man’s meat is an­other man’s poi­son

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

We of­ten joke about those US restau­rant meals with steaks big­ger than the size of their serv­ing plates.

But given the amount of ev­i­dence link­ing red meat to bowel can­cer and type 2 di­a­betes, eat­ing too much meat is no laugh­ing mat­ter.

Most Aussies eat about 2kg of meat a week — more than dou­ble the global av­er­age. So this month, why not pause to think about how much meat you eat? The an­nual Meat-Free Week (March 23 to 29) is a great op­por­tu­nity to chal­lenge your­self to give up meat for seven days. We’re not talk­ing about go­ing veg­e­tar­ian; we just want to en­cour­age you to en­joy a more di­verse diet.

As we were putting this is­sue to­gether, US-based sci­en­tists an­nounced that they’d fi­nally found the con­nec­tion be­tween ex­ces­sive meat con­sump­tion and can­cer risk. The cul­prit is a mol­e­cule that’s present in mam­mals, such as pigs and cows, but not peo­ple. When the im­mune sys­tem at­tacks this for­eign mol­e­cule, in­flam­ma­tion is the re­sult, and ex­perts link chronic in­flam­ma­tion with a height­ened risk of can­cer.

If this sounds alarm­ing, note that sci­en­tists also point out that the dan­ger lies in eat­ing too much meat too of­ten, and that red meat still has a place in a healthy diet. Read on to dis­cover how to make sim­ple changes, and try our seven-day meat-free meal plan on

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