Parents have been warned not to put ham and other smoked,salted, cured or processed meats into their children’s lunch boxes to help them reduce the risk of cancer. The world cancer research fund said that parents should act now to stop their children developing a taste for processed meat. Eating too much processed meat over a long period of time can raise the risk of bowel cancer, they said. The UK food standard agency said that processed meat was fine for lunchboxes but should not be eaten too often. It is only in recent years that the link between processed meats and bowel cancer in adults has been made, with some estimates suggesting that thousands of cases could be prevented if people limited their intake to 70g a week, the equivalent to 3 rashers of bacon.
If you have read any of our blogs on nutrition, then you would know the personal trainer approach here at Diets Don’t Work; the less processed anything is the better it will be for us, whether meat, wheat, sugars of fat. If something is in it’s natural state then go for it, if it has been touched by the hand of man then proceed with caution and moderate.
For more information have a look at the nutrition fact sheet on our the knowledge page, stay fit, eat well, you will live to a ripe old age!