The recent headlines may have you concerned over your love affair with bacon, hot dogs or other deli-style meats. The study that was released on Monday by the World Health Organization announced that bacon, sausage and other processed meats cause cancer and that red meat probably does, too. While this really is not news and has been in scientific debate for decades, what is new is the bold conclusive statement that consuming processed meats probably does cause cancer. The American Cancer Society has been warning the public for years about the ‘link’ between colorectal cancer and eating ‘red meat’. While many more studies need to be conducted on this topic; one thing is for certain. These types of ‘meats’ are not considered high quality protein and should be avoided as a regular part of a healthy diet. They are loaded with fat, sodium and unwanted chemicals.
What is considered a clean, high quality protein? There are many delicious options. Here are just a few.
– Poultry with skin removed (chicken, turkey)
– Wild Caught Fish (Salmon, Cod, Tuna)
– Legumes (beans, peas)
– Nuts / Seeds
– Organic Yogurt (plain)
– Oatmeal (walnuts on top)
All protein is not created equal. Things to consider are what comes along with the protein: healthy fats or harmful ones, beneficial fiber or hidden salt. It’s this protein package that’s likely to make a difference for health. Choosing more plant-based protein in your diet provides the body with many additional health benefits and a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for optimal health.
My system utilizes expert nutritional training and background as well as individualized preference. For those who enjoy a vegan diet, or vegetarian diet, special consideration is provided.