Radio Taiwan International
Date: 14 January, 2019
By: Natalie Tso
Processed meat should be eaten in moderation (Pic from Taipei Customs Office)
Winter is here and many people in Taiwan enjoy eating hotpots, which usually means consuming a lot of meat. Doctors advise the public to eat red and processed meat in moderation and to get check ups for colon cancer.
In the winter, people often like to warm themselves up with meals like lamb hotpots. The lamb may be delicious but doctors say don’t eat too much because red meat like lamb, pork and beef can be carcinogenic.
Dr. Kang Rong Cheng say red and processed meats, when they are cooked at high temperatures, give off nitric acid and carcinogens. He says if you crave red meat, don’t eat more than 500 grams of red meat or processed meat like hot dogs and sausages. That’s about the size of your palm or two 8oz servings of beef.
If you have symptoms of colon cancer, you need to see the doctor. This includes blood in your stools, having to go to the bathroom often, feeling bloated, stomachaches, a change in bathroom habits or trying to relieve yourself often with nothing coming out.