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Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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.

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