Happy Chinese New Year! Please note that our office will be closed from 24 Jan to 27 Jan 2020. There will be no delivery on these days. Orders made after 21st Jan 2020, can only be delivered earliest by 30 Jan 2020. We will put in our best efforts to deliver your order when our service resumes. Thank you and we look forward to your continual support.

Eating Processed Meat can Increase Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

Posted by nutritionist 19/09/2018 0 Comment(s) specific concern,

Did you know that processed meat is carcinogenic to humans?


Each 50 g of processed meat consumed daily (equivalent to 2 bacon rashers or 1 hotdog) was found to raise colorectal cancer risk by 18%! Colorectal cancer, the cancer of the colon or rectum, is one of the most common cancers affecting men and women in Singapore. These results were further validated by many publications.


What is Processed Meat?


Processed meat refers to meat that has been cured, smoked, added with salt or chemical preservatives to improve shelf-life or flavour. This include hot dogs, sausages, ham and bacon.  


How Processed Meat could Increase Colorectal Cancer Risk?


Nitrates and nitrites are often used to preserve processed meats. They give these meat products their typical salty flavour and pink colour. However, it is the use of these chemicals that cause processed meat to be carcinogenic!


In processed meats, nitrosating agents from nitrate/nitrite can react with amines (derived from protein) to produce N-nitrosamines which have cancer-causing properties.


So What Should You Do?


You can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by:


  • Selecting fish and poultry instead of processed meat and red meat


  • Consuming more whole grains (Eating about 90g of whole grains a day lowers your colorectal cancer risk by 17%)


  • Restricting your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2 drinks per day


  • Staying physically active


  • Avoiding smoking

* E-Mail: