We often joke about those US restaurant meals with steaks bigger than Texas. But given the amount of evidence linking red meat to bowel cancer and type 2 diabetes, eating too much meat is no laughing matter.
Most Aussies eat about 2kg of meat a week — more than double the global average. So this month, why not pause to think about how much meat you eat? The annual Meat-Free Week (March 23 to 29) is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to give up meat for seven days. We’re not talking about going vegetarian; we just want to encourage you to enjoy a more diverse diet.
Recently, US-based scientists announced that they’d finally found the connection between excessive meat consumption and cancer risk. The culprit is a molecule that’s present in mammals, such as pigs and cows, but not people. So when we eat these meats, our immune system attacks this foreign molecule, inflammation is the result, and experts link chronic inflammation with a heightened risk of cancer.
If this sounds alarming, note that scientists also point out that the danger lies in eating too much meat too often, and that red meat still has a place in a healthy diet. If you’re interested in learning more about how to develop evening meals with less emphasis on meat, we’ve got plenty of great advice and inspiration in our March issue, Meantime, for tasty vegie meals simply go to Recipes button here on this website and look in the search field that says Click to show filters – there you can dial into a rich trove of great vegetarian recipes for every occasion!