- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A clinical dietitian in North Dakota says she wants people to be aware of risks associated with consuming excessive amounts of processed and red meat.

The World Health Organization declared in October that processed meats raise the risk of colon, stomach and other cancers. It also said red meat probably contributes to the disease, too. Jill Henley, clinical dietitian for Sanford Health, said the analysis done by the WHO reaffirms what “we were recommending all along for American diets.”

Evidence from WHO’s study has shown that eating more than 1.75 ounces of processed meat a day increases the risk for colon cancer by 18 percent.

Henley said that meats can be beneficial when eaten in moderation with a balanced diet. She suggests slowly adding plant-based foods to diets and lean protein such as chicken or fish. She said drastic changes tend to lead to failure.

“Red meats are a good source of iron,” Henley told the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1IuKbe7 ). “The meats are a good source of complete protein. You can get all your protein from plant base, but they are not going to have all the essential amino acids that your body needs.”

Henley said Bismarck is starting to get more variety and options for healthier lifestyles.

“I just want people to be aware of the risks that they are taking by consuming an excessive amount of processed and red meat,” Henley said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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