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Cut down on processed meat

School Of Nutrition Posted Nov 10, 2015 Future Fit Training

Tip of the Week: With the recent conclusion that processed meat and red meat may be cancer forming, how can we cut down our intake?

Cut down on processed meat

You've probably seen the headlines, about the fact that processed meat has been classified as a 'definite' cause of cancer. And red meat is a 'probable' cause.

However, a link between certain types of meat and some forms of cancer, notably bowel cancer, isn't 'new' news; the evidence has been building for decades and is supported by a lot of careful research. Cancer Research UK have written an article with a wealth of information that you can view here.

So, what can we do to cut down our intake of these meats? Even if you're not completely swayed by the media reports, you might find a new favourite recipe by swapping a couple of ingredients.  Here's a suggestion list from Future Fit School of Nutrition.

Keep a few days a week red meat free. Increase poultry, oily fish or vegetarian proteins, such as tofu, as alternatives.
Add beans or pulses such as kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils. Use them to replace some of the meat in dishes such as curry or chilli.  
Instead of bacon, chorizo or salami, try spicy chicken or vegetarian sausages.  
Get the flavour of processed meats without using it. e.g. use smoked paprika, garlic and cayenne pepper.  
Use turkey or Quorn mince in dishes such as spaghetti bolognese and Shepherd's pie.  

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