How much red meat do you eat? According to government scientists the answer for many of us is too much.
The Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition, which advises the government, has issued new guidelines recommending that adults should eat no more than 70g of red meat per day.
A 70 gram portion is equivalent to one lamb chop, two slices of roast meat or six slices of salami, the Department of Health said.
Those of us who consume more than about 90 grams per day are at greater risk of getting bowel cancer, which kills 16,500 people in Britain every year. Over 40% of men currently eat more than 90 grams every day on average, compared with just 12% of women.
“We’re not saying men can’t occasionally enjoy a bacon sandwich or some sausages for breakfast — but the evidence tells us we need to think about cutting down on how much red and processed meat we’re eating,” Peter Baker, the Chief Executive of the Men’s Health Forum, said.
The BBC has helpfully provided a guide to how some common meals compare to the new guideline.
Apparently a cooked breakfast with two sausages and two rashers of bacon comes in at 130 grams of red meat. So that would be double your daily allowance before you even leave the house.
The Sunday roast, be it beef, lamb or pork, is estimated at 30 grams per slice. So that’s a limit of just two slices along with the roast potatoes and veg.
And a typical doner kebab comes in at a whopping 130 grams of processed lamb. Who knew there was so much meat in a kebab?
But a Big Mac a day would keep you within the guidelines as it comes in at just 70 grams of meat. Not exactly a healthy diet though, is it?
Like all recommendations these are simply guidelines. The odd steak now and again may exceed the daily limit but it probably won’t kill you. A balanced diet is the key, I’m told.