Healthy Bites: Limit red meat

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: May 2013

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Mary Ellen Herndon:

Hi. I'm Mary Ellen Herdon, a dietitian from MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites Nutrition Challenge. Your challenge for the next month is to eat no more than 18 ounces of red meat each week. Research shows that eating too much red meat can increase your risk for colorectal cancer. So some examples of red meat include pork, lamb, deer, buffalo, and beef. Even hamburgers, unfortunately.

Jim:

My family and I used a lot of substitutes to do that. Some of the substitutes were turkey, chicken, tuna, sole instead of red meat. One thing we did each week is that we would have a vegetable or dairy source of proteins only. No meat-related proteins. So we'd generally have tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches. Worked out great for the whole family. All five of us that were eating at home each night.

Mary Ellen Herndon:

Not sure what 18 ounces of red meat looks like? Let's think about it this way. You could have six servings of red meat each week if they were only about three ounces each. That would be about the size of a deck cards or a light bulb. Or you could have two servings each week if they were nine ounces each. Nine ounces is going to look more like about the size of a softball. You can learn more about this month's challenge at www.mdanderson.org/healthybites. You'll find tips, tools, and recipes to help you eat less red meat. Good luck.

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