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Too much red meat can increase your risk of cancer by 10%

It has been reported in the Telegraph today that eating too much red meat can increase your risk of developing bowel cancer. Studies by researcher at the Harvard School of Medicine have found that eating too much red meat can increase the risk of early death by 12%.The study found that reducing the amount of red meat in your diet to 42 grams a day, or 294 grams per week (the equivalent to one large steak), could prevent one 10 early deaths in men and one in 13 in women. Current UK guidelines for red and processed meat consumption are 70 grams per day or 350 grams per week, which the scientists think is on the generous side. Red meat is often high in saturated fats, while processed meats such as bacon and sausages contain large amounts of salt. The study found that by replacing red and processed meats with poultry, fish or vegetables, whole grains etc., can cut the risk of early death by up to one fifth.

It is essential to teach people from a young age the basis of a healthy diet in order to cut their cancer risk, which is why the work Fighting All Cancers together (FACT) do in schools promoting healthy diets at a level that children understand is so important. Insurancewith is very proud to support FACT through the sale of our cancer travel insurance policies so they can continue with their vital work.

However, it is not just school children, everyone should be encouraged to make small changes in their diets so picking the healthy option comes naturally, below are a few pointers to help:

  • Consider what you are eating, is there a healthier option, such as changing white bread for brown.
  • Eat plenty of fibre
  • Eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  • Avoid process meats and try to limit you red meat consumption to no more than 300 grams per week
  • Keep hydrated and avoid drinks containing caffeine
  • Know your alcohol limits and try and have at least 3 clear days a week when you don’t drink alcohol.
  • The above changes are only small, but they could make all the difference to your future health, so give them a try, you have nothing to lose.
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