It’s Time To Squash The Beef This Labor Day

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With Labor Day nearly upon us, you know what that means: your final opportunity for some summertime grilling is fast approaching.

But that doesn’t mean you should be excited about getting in one last bite of juicy prime rib: studies have consistently found that eating red meat raises your chances for colorectal cancer. However, you can help keep yourself–and your BBQ guests– safe during your holiday BBQ weekend by whipping up a simple potato salad dish, quips recent research found in Cancer Prevention Research.

This is made possible because both cooked and cooled potatoes–exactly like the ones you find sitting in your favorite potato salad– are called “resistant starches.” According to the researchers, potatoes behave in a way that’s similar to fiber once it reaches the colon, which leads to happier gut microbes and fewer cancer-causing agents sourced from red meat consumption.

“Red meat and resistant starch have opposite effects on colorectal cancer-promoting miRNAs, the miR-17-92 cluster,” warns study researcher Karen Humphreys, PhD, of Flinders University. They realized that, following the consumption of 300 grams of red meat each day for an entire month, study subjects showed a 30 percent rise in miR-17-92, which is a cluster of genetic molecules that act as a potential risk factor for cancer of the colorectal variety. That being said, eating up to 40 grams of resistant starches countered the harmful effect!

Don’t eat red meat anyway? Doesn’t matter– these spuds can still be your buds, as potatoes offer a plethora of other health advantages. Experts suggest working with some colorful potato types, as they offer tons of extra antioxidants! Purple potatoes, in fact, have been seen to decrease your blood pressure.

You can frequently see purple, blue, and red potatoes at your nearby farmer’s market for all your Labor Day potato salad recipe needs. Kick red meat to the curb, and sub in the potatoes to potentially save yourself a lot of trouble in the long run. 

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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