Numerous studies have linked a high intake of red meat or processed meats to colon cancer. KRON 4 Morning News Weekend anchor, Marty Gonzalez, has me explain why eating animal protein and fat are to blame.
Bile is to Blame
Bile assists with digestion by breaking down fats. Think of bile as “Mother Nature’s degreaser”. This greenish yellow secretion is made and released by the liver, then concentrated and stored in the gallbladder until fat enters your small intestine.
Bile acids stimulate the growth of bacteria, which convert the primary bile acids into secondary bile acids.
Bile acids, particularly secondary bile acids, have long been suspected as being cancer-causing.
Eating more fat means more fat and bile acids in the colon.
High Saturated Fats in the Diet
A high intake of saturated fat is associated with high levels of bile, which is usually evident in colon cancer patients.
High saturated fats + high levels of bile are factors that produce colorectal cancer tumors.
Meat Sources High in Saturated Fat
Meat – e.g., fatty cuts of beef, pork, lamb
Processed / deli meats – salami, sausages, chicken skin
Summer is synonymous with baseball, tailgate parties and picnics but that means careful attention to menu planning and coordination. Since you’re without a refrigerator and running water, keeping your food safe all day requires safe food handling practices.
What to Pack
Lots of clean utensils for preparing and serving safely cooked food.
Insulated coolers to keep food protected and cold.
A food thermometer to be sure meat and poultry are cooked at high enough temperatures to destroy harmful bacteria and foods are reheated to safe-to-eat temperatures.
An appliance thermometer for coolers.
Clean, wet, disposable cloths and paper towels for cleaning hands and surfaces.
Q: What’s the difference between the more expensive soap made with vegetable oils and the cheaper commercial brands of soap? ~ D.W., Los Angeles, CA
A: Soap is the resultant compound made by reacting fat (either from vegetables or animals) with sodium hydroxide. The less expensive, commercially-manufactured soaps use tallow (animal fat).
Tallow – Is It Fit To Be Fat?
Tallow is a low-cost waste product of the meat industry. It is basically fat stripped from slaughtered cattle, but it may also include fat rendered from slaughtered sheep and pigs.
Soap manufactured from animal fat is called sodium tallowate. 50% of a slaughtered steer is tallow and bones – the main ingredient of commercial mass-produced soap. Ivory® states that their tallow comes from meat processing scraps and consists of beef and/or pork hide and bones.