Red meat has been the signature meal for “healthy manliness” in western culture. But research shows that red meat may mutate the DNA in the bowels, which raises the risk of colon and rectal cancer. Studies found that people who ate more than two portions of red and processed meat a day were more likely to develop colorectal cancer than were people who ate less than one portion a week.
However, eating fish and “white meat”, such as chicken breast, seems to not increase the risk. Even people with a history of colon polyps found that patients who ate a fair amount of chicken have a slightly lower risk for developing new polyps, which can develop into cancer.
While different forms of meat seem to have more or less risk for colorectal cancer, meat, in general doesn’t help lower the risk. The kinds of foods that have been shown to lower the risk are fruits, vegetables, healthy fats from avocadoes, olive oil, nuts, and whole grains. Also, plenty of water in your diet and lowering the consumption of foods high in sugar to reduce blood sugar levels, can help decrease the risk of colorectal cancer.
Low-fat, high-fiber diets offer a variety of other health benefits as well. Life styles changes, such as reducing or eliminating processed meat like bologna sandwiches on white bread or blood-rare steaks and having low-fat cheese and on whole wheat bread instead, can make a difference you can live with for a long time. A professional home nurse can monitor eating habits of their and devise healthier meals that improve their patients health and extend and improve their lives.