The news last week was enough to make anyone wonder what to believe about healthy eating.
For more than a decade, Government agencies have warned us to cut down on the red and processed meat we eat. But last week, as one reporter put it: ‘Health chiefs have revealed bacon is safe to eat after all!’
We had previously been told that more than a few rashers of bacon a week could increase our risk of bowel cancer by as much as 20 per cent. The safe daily limit for red meat was 70g – equivalent to half a beefburger, one-and-a-half sausages, or just a third of an 8oz steak.
Like most people, I was confused as to how seriously to take these claims, but cut back anyway.
One in 14 men and one in 19 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime. And no one wants any additional risk. But then, last week, came what appeared to be a major scientific flip-flop.