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Should Men Avoid Barbecues and Well Done Meat?

We’ve all seen these studies that tell us that something is bad only to hear later that it turns out the original study was wrong and that whatever it told us to avoid is actually good for us.  Since I’m not fond of adding to the hype I hate to publish every story that comes along to tell us how to avoid getting cancer by not eating certain foods, but this story about men having higher levels of prostate cancer when they’ve admitted to eating a lot of well done meat seems worth at least  considering.

Here is a bit of the story from the Daily Mail in the UK…see what you think.

Men who ate grilled or barbecued burgers that were well or very-well done had around twice the odds of aggressive prostate cancer than those who never ate meat or ate it rare or medium-done.

The figures for beef, such as steak, were similar.

Previous studies linking red meat to prostate cancer have produced mixed results – but this may be because they did not separate out the most deadly form of the disease and did not focus on overcooking and cooking at high temperatures.

Cautious: Dr Rachel Thompson, of the World Cancer Research Fund, claims the results could have been distorted by the men not recalling what they had eaten.

Cautious: Dr Rachel Thompson, of the World Cancer Research Fund, claims the results may have been distorted by the men not recalling their diets fullyCautious: Dr Rachel Thompson, of the World Cancer Research Fund, claims the results may have been distorted by the men not recalling their diets fully

The Department of Health’s scientific advisors said earlier this year that red and processed meat ‘probably’ increases the odds of bowel cancer.

They advised eating no more than 70g a day. Over a week, this amounts to three sausages, one small steak, one quarter-pounder and three slices of lamb.

 

 

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