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Red and processed meat
Protein is good for your health in many different ways. Your body needs protein to grow cells, heal tissue and maintain a healthy immune system. This will help you recover more quickly and avoid infection. Sources of protein include meat, fish, poultry, milk and alternatives, nuts, dried beans, peas and lentils, and soy products. Meat is a valuable source of several other nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.
White meat is lighter coloured meat that comes from poultry, such as the breasts of chicken and turkey. Red meat refers to beef, pork, lamb, veal and goat.
Processed meat – ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs and sausages – refers to meats preserved by smoking, curing or salting or by the addition of preservatives. When meat is preserved in these ways, cancer-causing substances can be formed.
Red and processed meat and cancer
A diet high in red and processed meat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer and make it hard to maintain a healthy body weight.
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