Red meat: health facts

It has long been public knowledge that lean red meat is a great source of protein, and can also play an important role in reducing the risk of heart disease.

But in recent times red meat has come under more scrutiny, mainly because of the high saturated fat content of many cuts that can bring about health issues.

There have been some studies that have linked red meat consumption to stomach cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma and breast cancer among others.

The strongest link, however, seems to be that red meat consumption can seriously increase the chances of developing colorectal cancer.

Red meat has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, because of the saturated fat content.

With this in mind, there are two important things to do if you wish to eat red meat: ensure you are eating lean cuts with very little fat content, and eat it sparingly.

Once or twice per week should be enough to reap the benefits of red meat without being burdened by the risks.

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