How to be a healthy 'Flexitarian'

  • A 'flexitarian' diet is one that leans towards more plant based foods but still includes meat.

  • Going 'flexitarian' alongside good amounts of exercise lines up with advice to help reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer.

  • Eating lots of processed meats such as bacon and sausages have been linked with an increased risk of developing cancer.

  • Eating too much red meat can also increase your risk of cancer as well as heart disease and diabetes and have a negative impact on the environment.

  • A 'red meat tax' was being debated this week in the news for these reasons.

Thinking of going 'Flexitarian' eat well by choosing:

1. Plant-based foods at every meal

2. At least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day

3. Wholegrain food such as wholegrain bread, cereals, pasta, brown rice

4. Lean types of meat such as chicken and turkey where you can

5. Alternative sources of iron if avoiding red meat i.e. iron-fortified breakfast cereals, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, and broccoli

6. Vitamin C rich foods to enhance iron absorption


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