Worried by the flurry of warnings about eating meat? Have you vowed to cut down on bacon sarnies and steak or even contemplated going veggie?
One in ten adults - and one in five 16 to 24-year-olds - follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, according to research published last year by market research firm Mintel.
Many more have turned 'flexitarian' - limiting their meat intake, but not reducing it entirely, or giving up red meat, but still eating white. Indeed, chicken accounts for around half of all meat intake in Britain, up from a third in the early Nineties. The numbers are likely to rise further following last week's alarming report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which classified processed meat such as bacon and sausages as 'carcinogenic to humans' and red meat as 'probably carcinogenic'.
And yesterday, researchers at Oxford University warned that just two portions of red meat a week increases the risk of bowel cancer by a fifth. But before you rush off to stock up on tofu and quinoa, it's worth noting that the average risk of developing bowel cancer is 6 per cent - so the increase in risk calculated by the WHO and by the Oxford researchers would mean an overall risk of around 7 per cent. Furthermore, many health experts advise against giving up red meat altogether. That's because in its natural state it is a rich source of energy and essential nutrients.
Source - Daily Mail