Government advisors issue red meat warning
28 February 2011 00:00 in Medical Government/ NHS related news
People who regularly eat red and processed meat have been advised to consider cutting down to reduce their risk of bowel cancer.
The Department of Health said anyone who eats around 90g or more of red and processed meat should try to limit themselves to 70g per day.
This advice is based on findings contained in a new report by the independent Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).
Experts reviewed the evidence on the links between red and processed meat and bowel cancer, as well as research on the possible health risks of cutting down, as red meat is an important source of iron.
Professor Dame Sally Davies, the government's interim chief medical officer, said that by following simple diet and lifestyle advice, people can reduce their risk of cancer.
She emphasised: "Red meat can be part of a healthy balanced diet ... but people who eat a lot of red and processed meat should consider cutting down."
The charity Beating Bowel Cancer welcomed the advice, with chief executive Mark Flannagan stating that red meat should be enjoyed "in moderation".
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