Red & processed meat risk
Avoid processed meats (bacon, ham, sausages, salami) as much as
possible. Choose them as an occasional treat rather than every
Red Meats: red meat (beef, lamb, pork) takes a
long time to digest. Have no more than 500g (cooked weight) per
How much is that?:
One portion of spaghetti Bolognese with minced beef = 140g red
meat. Pork chop = 75g red meat.
Those who choose to eat red meat do not need to stop, but should
limit consumption to a maximum of one 80g portion (the size of a
pack of cards) per day and ensure that the diet also includes fresh
fish, poultry, and plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains,
water and other sources of protein (and fibre) such as beans and
(1) World Cancer Research Fund & American
Institure for Cancer Research (2007) Food, Nutrition, Physical
Activity and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective.
Washington: WCRF International.
Last updated 17th January 2011