Replacing your ham with fish may lengthen life, study suggests

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A large new study of over half a million adults suggests that eating higher amounts of red and processed meat increases the chance of an earlier death from cancer and other causes, but replacing some of these meats with chicken, fish or other white meats lower the risk.

The study, published this week in The BMJ, adds to the evidence on how animal proteins affect our health.

For cancer risk, AICR research shows that high amounts of beef and other red meats increase risk of colorectal cancer. Even small portions of hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats eaten regularly increase the risk of both colorectal and stomach cancers. Read more… “Replacing your ham with fish may lengthen life, study suggests”

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    HealthTalk: Do high-fat diets lead to cancer?

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    Do high-fat diets lead to cancer? Not necessarily. That’s a common concern though: The most recent AICR awareness survey shows that more than 4 in 10 people think that high-fat diets can be a cause of cancer. However, whether your diet is higher or lower in fat, it’s your overall eating choices that matter to reduce your risk of cancer.

    Early research on diet and cancer risk did suggest a link to fat consumption, since countries with low fat intake (for example, Japan) had lower rates of cancer than countries (like the U.S.) with higher-fat diets. After further study, when scientists followed people over time and adjusted for other eating and lifestyle choices, differences in cancer risk no longer seemed related to fat consumption.

    So what does today’s best science tell us about dietary fat in the big picture of healthy eating choices to help prevent cancer? Read more… “HealthTalk: Do high-fat diets lead to cancer?”

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      Tasty Swaps to Help You Eat Less Red and Processed Meats

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      By now you’ve probably heard about the report last week categorizing hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats as a cause of colorectal cancer, and probably red meats also. In general, that supports AICR’s longstanding and continuous analysis of the research.

      Since 2007, AICR has recommended to avoid processed meat and eat no more than 18 ounces of (cooked) red meat weekly to lower cancer risk. If you’re used to eating red meat or that daily salami sandwich, shifting your diet may seem daunting.

      Here are swap suggestions to help. For the recipes, visit our updated Healthy Recipes.

      Processed meat swapsAnd if you want to cut down on red meats… Read more… “Tasty Swaps to Help You Eat Less Red and Processed Meats”

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