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What could you gain by giving up red meat?

Wednesday 26th March 

Red meat is fine as part of a balanced diet, providing many important nutrients including iron, zinc and B vitamins. However, many studies show that eating too much red and processed meat may be a contributory factor in bowel cancer, along with drinking alcohol, not maintaining a healthy weight and not staying active. As many as 17,000 cases of bowel cancer could be avoided if people changed their lifestyles.

The Department of Health recommends if you eat more than 90g of red or processed meat per day, you cut that down to 70g or 500g per week. 90g of meat is around three thin-cut slices of beef, pork or lamb.

Try substituting with other meats such as chicken, turkey, duck, game or rabbit, or look to pulses to make up your protein needs.

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The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is advising people to limit their intake of red meats such as beef, pork and lamb, and to avoid processed meat such as ham and salami altogether.

A diet high in red meat can shorten life expectancy, according to researchers at Harvard Medical 

How much red meat should you eat? 

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