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The Israel Cancer Association on Sunday advised the public to choose chicken
over beef, minimize their consumption of red meat and reduce the heat when
While it’s almost impossible to persuade the average Israeli to
stop grilling steaks, frankfurters and hamburgers, such foods contain nitrites
and nitrates that can raise the risk of various kinds of cancer. This includes
esophageal adenocarcinoma, the malignancy of the food tube in the
A new meta-analysis of various studies published in Cancer Causes
and Control, a peer-reviewed medical journal, included 2,358 patients with
cancer of the esophagus in seven states in the US. They were asked about their
consumption of meat and lifestyles.
A clear connection was found between
esophageal cancer and regular consumption of red meat and beef hot dogs. The
risk increased when the consumed meat was cooked at especially high temperatures
achieved through barbecuing on coals, cooking on grills or
Additionally, processed meat has undergone water injection,
preservation with chemicals and soaking with water, not including the process
involving kashering and packaging, according to the Health
Processed meat releases more liquid during cooking and
consumption, when compared to fresh meat, and is characterized as “less
flexible,” more rigid before its cooked, the Health Ministry said.
ICA advises keeping the consumption of processed meat to a minimum and choosing
chicken, fish or legumes as a replacement.
If you eat red meat, choose
small portions and a cut with little fat. Eat more vegetables of all kinds and
drink a lot of water.
The ministry advised buying foods only from
licensed merchants and stores.
When preparing food, use separate dishes
such as cutting boards and containers to cut meat from those used for salads,
vegetables and fruits.
Don’t serve mayonnaise-based salads outdoors in
Wash hands and kitchen equipment before cooking and transfer
foods from the refrigerator and freezer to picnic boxes just before leaving
The ministry also advised eating fresh fruit for dessert and not
calorie-laden cakes and cookies.
While outdoors wear a hat, long-sleeved
clothes and use sunscreens to prevent excessive exposure to sun and to reduce
the risk of skin cancer.