World Cancer Research Fund Report 24 May 2018

Press Release compiled by Lamb and Mutton SA

Breaking News– Alcohol, processed meat products and sugar consumption increase risk for cancer!  The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) released their third expert report, “Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer: a Global Perspective, today. This report provides a comprehensive analysis, using the most meticulous of methods, of the worldwide body of evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity, and presents the latest global Cancer Prevention Recommendations.

This report ensures that people are equipped with the knowledge needed to prioritize cancer prevention and reduce the number of deaths from preventable cancers – be they researchers, medical or health professionals, policymakers, civil society organisations (including cancer organisations), the media or people looking to reduce their own risk of cancer or live well after a diagnosis.

It appears increasingly unlikely that specific foods, nutrients or other components of foods are themselves important singular factors in causing or protecting against cancer: rather, different patterns of diet and physical activity combine to create a metabolic state that is more, or less, conducive to cancer.

What about FRESH red meat consumption?

The advice is not to completely avoid eating fresh red meat; fresh meat can be a valuable source of nutrients, in particular protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Fresh red meat consumption should however be restricted to 350-500g a week according this report’s recommendations. Further recommendations regarding nutrition includes to consume wholegrains, non-starchy vegetables, fruit and beans. Greater body fatness is a cause of many cancers. Thus, the consumption of food and beverages connected to obesity and being overweight such as sugar sweetened drinks, alcoholic drinks and “fast foods” is strongly discouraged.

The data on processed meat show that no level of intake can confidently be associated with a lack of risk of bowel (colorectal) cancer.

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