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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > September 2016 > THE SANE VIEW: IS RED MEAT REALLY THAT BAD FOR YOU?


Barely a week goes by without red meat being linked with health problems such as cancer and heart disease. But is it as bad as all that? Registered dietitian Juliette Kellow gives the experts a good grilling

Red meat has been making the news of late, and precious little of it is of the good variety. With headlines declaring the likes of steak, bacon and sausages as health hazards, it’s no wonder many are cutting back on meat. In a recent survey from the Vegetarian Society, three out of 10 people reported they’d eaten less meat in the past 12 months, with another one in 10 saying they planned to cut down or avoid it. Not surprisingly, 58 per cent said health was the reason – almost three times more than those concerned about animal welfare or food safety.

Lynne Elliott, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, says advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) has greatly affected meateating behaviour. “In October 2015, WHO classified red meat as being ‘probably carcinogenic’ – in other words it probably causes cancer – and processed meat as ‘definitely carcinogenic’, putting it in the same category as smoking and asbestos.”

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The new September issue of delicious. sees out the summer with healthy recipes from the sunny Med and dishes that keep the holiday feeling going. Diana Henry shares her simple cooking philosophy, Simon Hulstone adapts Michelin-star cooking for the home kitchen and we get the gossip and recipes from the Great British Bake Off stars. Plus, improve your cooking with a bagel masterclass, our sweet pastry guide and all our invaluable tips and advice.