New Study Of Half A Million People Finds Red Meat Linked To Colon Cancer

ColonCancerStagesSame study presented at two conferences last year:

The Association Of Red And Processed Meat, And Dietary Fibre With Colorectal Cancer In UK Biobank, Presented at the 2015 National Cancer Research Institute Cancer Conference, 2 November 2015.

Findings:

  • Those who ate red meat 4 or more times per week had a 42% increased risk for colorectal cancer compared with those who ate it less than once per week.

The Association Of Red And Processed Meat, And Dietary Fibre With Colorectal Cancer In UK Biobank, Presented at the 2015 Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, July 2015

Findings:

  • Those who ate red and processed meat 7 or more times per week had a 52% increased risk for colorectal cancer, compared with those who ate less than once per week.
  • Those who ate processed meat 2 or more times per week had a 36% increased risk for colorectal cancer compared with those who never ate it.

The UK Biobank is a prospective cohort of ~500,000 adults who were recruited from the UK in 2006–2010 and have been followed since.

This is interesting:

More than half of the study population were consuming more than the UK government recommendation of 70 g or less of red and processed meat per day.

70g is about 2.5 ounces. A McDonald’s Quarter Pounder (4 oz) sends you over that 70g mark for the day.

In this study, just 2 servings of meat a week increased one’s risk for colon cancer. When people say they eat meat in moderation, I’m going to guess that it’s more than twice a week.

What do people eat on a low-carb diet? Or a Paleo diet? Is it possible to eat just a couple servings of meat a week on these diets?

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