Something else I totally love = this month’s topic! I – thank God – don’t have any close relatives dealing with breast cancer and I’ve never had cancer myself. However, I do know a lot of people who are effected by the horrors of cancer in general.
I’m a volunteer for the WCRF (Dutch department) as a nutritionist and food expert for their expert panel. I love to be able to contribute to spreading the awareness on cancer and our food intake + activities.
This month I’ll make sure to pay a little bit more attention to the pro’s and con’s of food & cancer prevention/curing. This week however I’ve already made the pictures of my eats from yesterday
So what’s the deal with meat and cancer? Does red meat promote cancer growth? And how about the Paleo diet and it’s advantages? It’s all very contradictory right?! …
I won’t go in dept today – as I’ll get back to this topic some other day this month – but I will tell you the following. The WCRF (World Cancer Research Fund) gives the following advice on meat usage: “To reduce your cancer risk, eat no more than 500 grams (cooked weight) per week of red meat, like beef, pork and lamb, and avoid processed meats such as ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs and some sausages.”
As a rough guide 500 grams of cooked red meat is the same as 700 – 750 grams of raw red meat. To help visualize how much this is, the amount of roast beef I ate for lunch was 100 grams and a medium steak is about 150 grams.
“There is strong evidence that processed meats are a cause of bowel cancer.
When meat is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by the addition of preservatives, cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) can be formed. These substances can damage cells in the body, leading to the development of cancer.” For more info check the WCRF website.
As for myself I try to avoid cured and processed red meats as much as possible. I only buy organic or grass fed meats. If I’m eating at my job I can’t chose my food so I do eat whatever they serve me, therefore I chose only to buy organic meat myself and I won’t eat meat more then once a week at home. Usually I eat meat once a week at home; no more than 100 grams at a time, and once a week in the restaurant (@ work). In total I eat between 100 – 300 grams red meat per week and this works well for me.
I try to at least have 2-3 vegetarian days per week. And I eat fish on the other 2-3 days. Preferably wild caught fish (but that’s for different reasons..)
Poultry has not been linked to an increase in cancer risk! I hardly ever eat poultry as organic poultry is very expensive – at least in Holland. I do love the taste and nutrition value of poultry, especially of turkey! I do eat chicken once or twice a month at work and I buy turkey breast (deli meat without preservatives) at least once or twice a month as well. If you can spend a little extra money on good quality poultry, I’d advice you to eat poultry 2-3 times a week. However, don’t forget to also incorporate at least one meat free day to give both your digestive system and our planet a break
For now, let’s get back to what I ate
I think that’s it for today…
Ok.. now I’m done writing, for real