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Red Meat, Colon Cancer Linked; How Much Red Meat is too Much?

separator A new study has shown that people who consumed high amounts of red meat were 30 percent to 40 percent more likely to develop cancer in the lower colon compared to people who ate the least red meat. People who ate the most processed meats—such as bacon, sausage, deli meats, hot dogs, etc.—were 50 percent more likely to develop colon cancer and 20 percent more likely to develop rectal cancer.

What actual amounts are we talking about here? Researchers defined high red meat consumption as 3 or more ounces per day for men. That’s about the same amount that’s in a large fast food hamburger. For women, a high amount of red meat is 2 or more ounces per day. High amounts of processed meats were 1 ounce eaten on 5 or 6 days per week. For women, it’s 1 ounce eaten on 2 or 3 days per week. Two slices of cooked bacon weigh about a half ounce. One slice of bologna weighs about 1 ounce.

Low consumption was considered eating red meat about two times per week.

In the study, people who ate more poultry and fish did not have increased rates of colon cancer. For a meat-free recipe that’s nice on chilly nights, be sure to see the Vegetable Curry recipe in this issue of the magazine.

Source:
Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol 293; No. 2: 172-182.



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