Opt for fish, poultry, and beans rather than red meats (beef, lamb, and pork). Research shows that the higher saturated fat content in red meat heightens cancer risk, and that cooking meat until it's well done may release certain carcinogens, says Patel. Studies also suggest that certain compounds in red meat damage the colon, which could potentially cause colorectal cancers. If eating red meat, choose lean cuts and smaller portions, and avoid frying or charbroiling it.
Also avoid processed meats, anything that’s been cured, salted, or smoked (i.e. ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, sausage, and hot dogs). Adding preservatives during the curing, salting, or smoking process can create carcinogens. The occasional stadium brat is probably OK, but keep it a splurge—not a standing order.
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