It is grilling season once again in the United States and many Americans have plans for backyard summer events. Read what AICR knows when it comes to grilling and cancer risk.
“Research shows that diets high in red and processed meat increase risk for colon cancer,” said AICR’s Senior Director of Nutrition Programs, Alice Bender. “And grilling meat, red or white, at high temperatures forms potent cancer-causing substances. But by keeping five simple steps in mind, it is possible to make this summer’s backyard grilling both healthier and more flavorful.”
The latest research shows that eating more than 12 to 18 ounces of red meat per week increases the risk of colorectal cancer. AICR recommends limiting the amount of red and processed meat in your diet to reduce the risk of cancer. When you hear this recommendation, it may be hard to imagine what else you would eat if these are currently mainstays in most of your meals. If you have been eating beef, lamb and pork beyond the recommended limit of 12 to 18 ounces a week – which is about 4 to 6 deck-of-cards sized portions – perhaps it seems like your only alternative is eating more poultry. But here are a few tips on cutting back on that red meat from your daily diet.
AICR’s latest report suggests that lifestyle factors, especially dietary habits and physical activity, play a major role in causing or preventing colorectal cancer. Whole grains and exercise were found to reduce the risk whereas processed meat and having obesity increased the risk of this cancer.