Although eating red meat is common in the United States, doctors indicate that it may be a bad idea for mesothelioma patients to consume while undergoing treatment. In fact, many physicians are telling patients to stop eating red meat altogether until treatment is complete.
Red Meat Linked to Cancer
Consuming red meat is not linked to developing mesothelioma, but it associated with developing other forms of cancer, such as endometrial, esophageal, lung, and pancreatic cancer. The red meats that may contribute to a heightened risk of developing these cancers include:
- Processed meats (bacon, ham, sausages, etc.)
According to researchers who studied the risk of cancer associated with eating red meats,
“Scientists found that feeding Neu5Gc to mice engineered to be deficient in the sugar (like humans) significantly promoted spontaneous cancers. The study did not involve exposure to carcinogens or artificially inducing cancers, further implicating Neu5Gc as a key link between red meat consumption and cancer.”
A 2013 study performed on close to 500,000 participants by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, shows that,
“We estimated that 3.3 percent of deaths could be prevented if all participants had a processed meat consumption of less than 20 g/day. Significant associations with processed meat intake were observed for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and ‘other causes of death. The consumption of poultry was not related to all-cause mortality.”
Why Mesothelioma Patients Should Avoid Red Meats
However, even though consuming these meats doesn’t heighten the risk of mesothelioma, patients may find them hard to chew and swallow while undergoing treatment procedures. In addition, digesting red meats while undergoing treatment for mesothelioma may be difficult. Instead of consuming red meats, doctors suggest mesothelioma patients get protein from foods such as lean chicken, eggs, cheese, legumes, and seafood.
Should All People Avoid Red Meats?
Experts indicate that it’s not necessary to entirely wipe red meats from your diet if you don’t have mesothelioma, as red meats are an excellent source of protein, iron, and zinc. Yet, everyone should choose their red meats wisely, and only consume lean meats. You should aim to only eat around 65-100g thoroughly cooked red meat, anywhere from 3 to 5 times a week.
Keep in mind, however, that eating white meats in excess, such as poultry and seafood, can also lead to health risks. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that people consume less than six ounces of white meats per day. You can also replaces meats with other foods and still get adequate nutrition. Consider adding beans, legumes, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, and zucchini to your diet, all of which provide the body with a host of nutrition.
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