Thursday, 15 December 2016

Fact of the Day: Eating Too Much Red Meat

Too much red meat isn't too good for you, increasing the risk of cancer
Did you know that you might be eating too much red meat everyday?

A relatively small survey of 1,013 Hong Kong people found 26 percent of them were eating twice the amount of red meat recommended at over 160 grams per day.

The survey conducted by the Anti-Cancer Society found during hotpot, barbecue or Korean grill meals, the average consumption of red meat was 270.1g, while for processed meat it was 103.2g.

Hotpots and Korean grills entice people to eat too much meat
Dr Rico Liu King-yin, chairman of the cancer education subcommittee of the Anti-Cancer Society says no more than 510g of red meat per week was recommended, which comes to a daily limit of 73g or the size of two mahjong tiles.

In that case I am over the daily limit a lot!

"Studies suggest the risk of colorectal cancer could increase by 17 percent for each 100g portion of red meat eaten daily," Liu said.

Last year, the World Health Organization classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, while processed meat was carcinogenic to humans.

The local study also found that respondents were aware of the increased cancer risk of eating too much red meat.

"I think this is in part due to a lot of people in Hong Kong having a habit of going out for meals, in which they cannot control the portion of food served," he said.

The daily amount of meat should be 73g or two mahjong tiles
Uh huh. Especially hot pot and Korean barbecue restaurants, where large platters of meat are on the menu.

However, Liu said healthy eating could lower the risk of cancer by 30 to 40 percent, and that red meat should not be avoided entirely because it is rich in nutrients.

So keep that in mind folks -- you should only eat two mahjong tiles' worth of meat per day...

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