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A Dietitian’s Take on Red Meat and Cancer

posted on: October 26, 2015    |    by: Michelle Ricker, RDN

No bacon? ….Um, excuse me?! It seems a World Health Organization group has officially linked processed meat to an increased risk of colorectal cancer in a recent study. It is hard to believe, I know. Gosh, all these years of eating hot dogs, salami and bacon, nobody had any idea these foods were bad for our health?! Really?! Really?! We all had some idea that what we were eating was, in the big picture, not the best thing for us to eat.

Well, now we know. Eating too much of these highly processed, meat products cured in chemicals, is not the best for us. But…does this mean we are all going to die of cancer if we eat bacon with our eggs on Sunday morning?

The answer is NO.

Here is the big picture for you. Keep your bacon intake to a minimum to reduce your cancer risks. And just know that all red meat is NOT created equal. Buy more grass-fed, unprocessed meat to eat with all your veggies.  Try to keep a balance. If you eat too much meat and not enough fiber, your body has a difficult time moving things through the system. THIS tends to be the root of the problem.

This is the good news take-away. “Unadulterated lean red meat offers high-quality protein, iron and B vitamins.”

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