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MEAT AND AGEING: CUTTING THROUGH THE CONFUSION
A new study published in the
journal, Ageing, has claimed that eating meat frequently could be linked with
an increase in blood phosphate levels that contributes to faster ageing of body
cells. Here, we unpick the evidence. The study measured blood phosphat...

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HEALTHY EATING AND RED MEAT (Dr Gill Jenkins)
More than nine out of ten people in the UK eat meat, making it one of our staple foods. The Eatwell Plate includes red meat within the protein section while studies show that red meat is a good source of B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium and selenium [1]. R...

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ARE VEGETARIAN DIETS REALLY BETTER FOR HEALTH? (Dr Emma Derbyshire)
It’s perfectly possible to eat healthily on a vegetarian or vegan diet, followed by 2-4% of the population, but this requires good planning and cooking skills as well as access to alternative sources of animal-based nutrients. Studies show that vegetarian d...

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DON’T FORGET ABOUT IRON (Dr Carrie Ruxton)
Last year I felt tired and lethargic and struggled to catch my breath when I climbed the stairs. I was amazed on giving my usual blood donation to discover that I was iron deficient, particularly as I eat red meat. A few months later, everything was back to...

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DOES RED MEAT CAUSE CANCER? (Mr Roger Leicester)
With so much focus once again on red meat and cancer, it’s time to dust off SACN’s 2010 Iron and Health report [1] and put things back into perspective. An exhaustive review of the literature in 2010 by the government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutr...

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HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO WE NEED? (Dr Carrie Ruxton)
I’ve been working out a lot this year in order to take part in the 105 mile Coast to Coast challenge; a two day event in September involving running, cycling and kayaking across Scotland. It was hard but I recovered well thanks to a good amount of high qual...

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NITRATES, NITRITES AND BOWEL CANCER - (Professor Robert Pickard)
Much of the advice about red meat in the diet refers to unprocessed lean red meat but what about processed meat? Can we still eat it? And what’s the deal with nitrates and nitrites? Let’s look at processed meat first. Processed meat is defined [1] as “meat ...

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CARCINOGENS – THE FACTS (Dr Carrie Ruxton)
If we believed everything that is said about carcinogens, we would hardly dare to breathe in, let alone eat food. While the world is full of carcinogens, the good news is that our bodies are designed to deal with the challenge. The risk comes with repeated ...

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COLORECTAL CANCER – THE FACTS (MR ROGER LEICESTER)
Bowel cancer is now the third most common cancer in the UK but our cancer screening methods have really moved on and as a result we are able to diagnose many more cases than ever before. The much repeated view from meat-free campaigns and animal charities i...
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