A new study is suggesting that certain compounds used in processing methods for meat may be associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer.
Processed meats often contain nitrate and nitrite, both used as preservatives in hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli cold cuts. The good news is that the cancer link comes with eating large amounts of the processed meats.
Researchers believe that what may happen is that when processed meats are eaten in large quantities over a long period of time, the preservatives could interfere with the bladder’s lining.
Last week, I spotlighted the trend of New Yorkers following a Paleo Diet, also known by other names like the Caveman Diet. While I talked about the basics of the eating philosophy, there are some interesting extremes some followers take.
New York is definitely a strange place for one to take on a caveman lifestyle. The most obvious reason is that your surroundings are as opposite as one could get from the vast spaces that real cavemen lived in. Then you also have the fact that New York has literally outlawed hunting and gathering, as residents can’t uproot plants or trap animals in the city’s parks.
So, you’re looking to start a diet, or just a lifestyle change, and you really think it’s time to get back to basics. Well, you can’t get much more basic than the increasingly popular Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet.
Let’s take a trip back in time, to 10,000 years ago when cavemen had to fight for dinner, and what they ate was all natural; none of that processed man-made stuff that we call food today.
The Paleo, Paleolithic, or Caveman Diet may be known by different names, but they all share the same philosophy: our ancestors’ eating habits are worth mimicking. That is because, proponents will say, our bodies are designed for the foods that were available to our early Paleolithic ancestors.
We all know about the bad health affects of fried foods and too much red meat. But now those foods may be responsible for developing the serious bowel condition known as ulcerative colitis.
Researchers found a connection between linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid found in red meat and fried foods, and ulcerative colitis. More specifically, the researchers found that those people they examined who had a diet higher in linoleic acid were nearly two and a half times more likely to develop ulcerative colitis than those who ate the least of it. (more…)
Red meat has been a much maligned protein choice over the years. But there’s been some relaxing of the dietary diatribe in the health community, allowing for lean red meats as an occasional staple to your meals.
Then you see a study like this:
Red meat and processed meat may boost your risk of early death. That recent news may be more sensational than substance; or at least much adieu about nothing for most of the population. But, when you see a heading that reads: Study Shows Red Meat Consumption Linked to Higher Risk of Dying From Cancer, Heart Disease, it’s hard not to be alarmed. (more…)
When you think of ways to prevent cancer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not smoking. But, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) says the link between body fat and cancer is something else you should consider.
It found convincing evidence of a fat link to six types of cancer, five more than in its previous report from 10 years ago.
The WCRF reviewed 7,000 studies on diet, exercise, weight and cancer. Among their finding was that processed meats (bacon, pastrami, etc.) increase the risk of colorectal cancer, and should be eaten sparingly.
They also found the link between red meat and colorectal cancer to be stronger than ever. People should not eat more than 500 grams of cooked red meat a week.
A further finding reaffirms evidence that alcohol can cause cancer. The study authors suggest limiting your intake to two units a day for men, and one for women. A unit is a half pint of beer or a small glass of wine.
These finding continue to support my philosophy of everything in moderation. If you totally deprive yourself, you’ll most likely end up miserable and resentful. Enjoying life doesn’t have to be a death sentence.