Processed meat DOES cause cancer. educogym Canary Wharf investigate the real facts
The World Health Organisation have confirmed that red and processed meats are now labelled a group 1 carcinogenic, ranking in the same group as cigarettes. educogym Canary Wharf investigate why processed meats are being sold so easily in the UK.
Processed meats such us bacon, ham, processed chicken, salami and more are all considered class 1 carcinogens, however they are not alone, unprocessed meats such as beef, lamb and veal have all been found to link to cancer, in particular in the bowl, stomach, pancreas and more. "The media were very quick to jump on this, and quite frankly created unnecessary fear. Yes, these processed and red meats have been linked to cancer and grouped with cigarettes and alcohol however there is still a different level of risk that varies in this group, and smoking 20 cigarettes in a day is by no means as bad as eating a bacon sandwich" explained Orlstyne Wilson, educogym personal trainer in Canary Wharf.
"The main point to take from this, is not to eat too much of the said meats, the best thing to do is try and eat more chicken and fish, have days without meat at all, and if you do have meat keep it to a very small amount, eating a 300g steak is fine, but just don't eat them every day. The ideal is 70g of red meat a day according to Who (World Health Organisation)
Red meat is a great source of nutrients including vitamin b12, protein, iron, zinc and more, plus makes a great burger! But where is the limit? "A few thin slices of beef weigh around 70g, this is enough for a day, a few meatballs, or a small burger patty a few times a week is fine, it gives you the nutrients without overloading your body, whatever way you choose to reduce the amount of red meat you eat is up to you, moderation, as with most things, is key!" explained Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharf personal trainer.
So red meat is linked to cancer, along with processed meats, the answer? Stick to unprocessed poultry and meat and limit the meat you do it to 70g a day, or have meat just a few times a week to keep the balance, either way the big risks can be avoided quite easily. These meats ARE ranked in the same group as cigarettes and alcohol but are by no means as bad, so don't stop altogether, but don't indulge in a 500g steak a few nights a week!
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