Monday, 21 February 2011

Red meat cancer risk

OK at last, in 2011, the year of the Rabbit, the world is waking up and beginning to see sense, even Red Blooded meat eating newspapers such as The Mail and The Telegraph are reporting this.

Red meat cancer risk: | The Daily Mail:

"Research has shown that red meat significantly increases the risk of bowel cancer. It is the second most common form of cancer and affects 36,500 Britons every year.

It has also been linked to heart disease because of its high saturated fat content, type 2 diabetes and other forms of cancer including breast, lung and prostate.

In the Daily Telegraph they report

A landmark 2005 European study claimed that those who regularly eat more than 5.6oz (160g) of red meat daily increase their risk of contracting bowel cancer by a third. As many as 16,000 people die each year of bowel cancer in Britain, most of whom are diagnosed before they turn 50.
Following these concerns, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) was asked by the Department of Health to review dietary advice on meat consumption as a source of iron.
Its draft report, published in June 2009, claimed that lower consumption of red and processed meat could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The Scotsman reports

The committee, which includes a number of doctors, said those consuming more than 100g of red or processed meats - the equivalent of as little as two thick cut back bacon rashers in one leading supermarket - may need to be told to cut their intake.

The government will try to mediate these scientific findings with scare stories about iron - The irony is that studies show most meat eat eaters have less than optimal levels of iron and many have clinically low levels.

They will undoubtably fail to point out that iron is available in many plant foods which also provide a synergistic balance of many other minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, essential fats and more importantly without the high levels of saturated animal fat dietary cholesterol and dearth of important fibre.

Please pledge to go meat free on One World Day and encourage your friends to eat more plantarian foods

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