Red meat is not quite what it used to be

Red meat is not so hot anymore. With the remote so handy for each and everything, elevators and escalators on every step, leading to almost nil physical exercise, the impact of those foods is very much visible in terms of obesity, diabetes and heart-related diseases. Researchers will vouch that regular eating of red meat and processed meat such as bacon, sausages and ham increase the risk of obesity, leading to various related problems. A European study involving nearly half a million adults showed that those who eat more than two portions of red or processed meat a day increase the risk of cardiac malfunction by a third compared with those who eat very little. The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Epic) says that those who eat red or processed meat regularly but with little fibre — from vegetables and whole grains — increase their risk even more.Doctors increasingly believe that changing the diet and lifestyle could prevent two thirds of bowel cancers. The results confirm what they have been saying for some time, but much of the evidence has been circumstantial.For the purposes of the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, red meat included beef, pork, lamb and veal. The increased risk of a third is for those who eat 160g or more of red meat a day compared with those who eat less than 20g a week. RAKESH KUMAR