One man’s meat is another man’s poison
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