Red Meat and Your Health

August 9, 2016 12:00 PM

You Gonna Eat That?

Traditionally, summer is the time to put fat, juicy, red meat steaks, hamburgers, and sausages on the grill. We love the rich taste but worry that too much red or processed meat can cause health problems. There have been many studies to evaluate whether consumption of beef and processed meats raises the risk for heart disease and certain cancers.

In a study published by the American Cancer Society, researchers found there is strong evidence that eating red and/or processed meats increases the risk for colorectal and other cancers. For the sake of our families as well as ourselves, let’s try to limit our intake of red or processed meat to fewer than four times a week across all meal occasions. There are so many other ways to get the protein we need. Chicken and pork can be good alternatives to beef and taste great when combined with fresh, grilled veggies. Fish can be more expensive than hamburger, for sure, but delivers a delicious meal as well as strong nutrition.

Our healthcare providers are focused on your health and will recommend the screenings and tests you need to discover health problems early while they are most treatable. Good nutrition is just one component of a plan to stay healthy. See our primary care physicians and specialists regularly – they’ll help you keep on track.


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