Eating red meat could be harmful to your health after a new study found that the presence of high levels of iron in red meat increases the risk of bowel cancer.
The study was conducted by researchers at Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow who found a link between high iron intake and a gene called APC which increased the risk of bowel cancer by two or three times.
AdvertisementStating that high iron intake alone did not increase the risk of bowel cancer, lead researcher Professor Owen Sansom said, "It's clear that iron is playing a critical role in controlling the development of bowel cancer in people with a faulty APC gene. And, intriguingly, our study shows that even very high levels of iron in the diet don't cause cancer by itself, but rely on the APC gene."
The study has been published in the journal Cell Reports.