If you eat a large amount of saturated fats from red meat and full-fat cream and cheese, you may bump up your risk of developing cancer of the breast, pancreas, prostate, and bowel, shows research. “There is a particular link between red meat and certain bowel cancers, and processed meats such as bacon, ham and sausages increase risk the most,” explains Barclay. “This may be because they contain a preservative called nitrate that irritates the gut.”
The Cancer Council suggests that you eat red meat no more than two or three times a week, choose lean cuts and small portions, and eat more chicken, fish and pulses as protein sources. “Processed meats should not be eaten more than once a week,” Barclay adds.