Swapping red meat for poultry associated with reduced breast cancer risk

Swapping red meat for chicken may reduce breast cancer risk

Swapping red meat for chicken may reduce breast cancer risk

Swapping beef burgers for chicken cuts breast cancer risk by more than a quarter, research suggests. It's a known fact that too much of red meat spells danger for heart health.

This group ate around 1.9 ounces (53 grams) a day.

Red meat may be alluring to the taste buds but one can not ignore the health risks associated with it. Researchers have found that red meat consumption may increase breast cancer risk while poultry consumption may prove to be protective against the disease. Consuming more red meat was associated with increased risk of invasive breast cancer: women who ate the greatest quantities of red meat presented a 23% higher risk than women who ate smaller amounts.

For the study, investigators followed the diets and cooking practices of 42,012 women over the course of seven years.

"Red meat has been identified as a probable carcinogen", senior author Dale Sandler from the NIEHS said in a statement Wednesday. From aiding obesity to increasing your blood cholesterol, red meat is blamed for a whole lot of health problems. Furthermore, no link between various cooking techniques and cancer risk was observed. Red meats are undoubtedly delicious and offer a drool-worthy, rich eating experience.

Dr Giota Mitrou, Director of Research at World Cancer Research Fund, said: "This study adds to the evidence on red meat and cancer - as previous research, including our own, has found strong evidence that red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer, but to date there has not been enough evidence on red meat and breast cancer". Women who ate the most poultry had a 15 per cent lower chance of getting the disease than those who consumed the least, the study said.

But other scientists were cautious about the findings. And now, according to a recent study, consumption of red meat may increase the risk of breast cancer, whereas poultry consumption may be protective against breast cancer risk.

"As always it is important to remember that association - or correlation - does not imply causation".

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