Advice in the U.K. does accept that eating too much red meat, which means beef, lamb and pork, and processed meat, is probably not good for you but is somewhat contradictory.
Processed meat such as sausages and sandwich ham could be bad for your health; a great deal will depend on the quality of the product, how it is made, what it contains and how often you consume it. Reading labels on food which include a list of ingredients is essential but remember the horsemeat scandal? What is actually going into your sausage, meat pie or salami may not be on the list.
Locally sourced meat is often better for you and the animal but not necessarily.
With a global food market these days and tight profit margins in supermarkets, and shops, getting the best food for your money is not always easy.
Giving up meat is always an option and for some going vegetarian or even vegan is looking increasingly attractive.
Red meat does provide some essential vitamins and nutrients so if you quit eating meat remember to make sure you eat a balanced diet. Check out this link for healthy vegetarian and vegan advice from the N.H.S.
There is an old saying a little of what you fancy does you good but can we still say that about red meat and red meat products?
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Although being a boozer and a smoker can be a deadly combination it is best not to try quitting both alcohol and cigarettes at the same time, especially if they are long standing habits.
Give yourself the best chance of success by staying focused and quitting alcohol or cigarettes.
The Metro has some figures which may persuade you to join the quitting teams in October 2015:
Macmillan Cancer Support found that the British public spends £2.6million on alcohol every hour, or £1.9billion a month. Last year, it calculated Britons spend just under £66 a month on booze on average.
You can also sign up for Stoptober here
There is nothing wrong with just doing it alone but signing up, having support and raising money for good causes may just give your will power the lift it needs to succeed.
Good luck to all.
But on the whole England has much sunnier skies than some other northern European countries. Advice to avoid the sun and protect against skin cancer may also be a factor.
Before health officials in the UK order widespread vitamin D intake how about looking at diet and lifestyle?
Get away from the Internet or TV or video game and get outdoors. Take the dog for an extra walk, walk to the local shops instead of driving, sit and read in the garden or yard at home and go outside during your lunchbreak.
Even on dull days you will benefit from some time spent outdoors especially if it includes a little exercise; that will also benefit and help strengthen your bones.
Fish oils, fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, mushrooms, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks are all a good supply of vitamin D. Other foods which may be fortified with vitamin D include some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
Children are in some ways more at risk as their bones grow and strengthen enough vitamin D is a must. But at the other end of the age spectrum the elderly need enough vitamin D to prevent brittle bones which can lead to fractures, damage quality of life and even lead to death. Vitmain D and calcium however go hand in hand in good bone health.
If in doubt take a supplement but make sure that you ask the pharmacist to advise you on the best one for you.
In August 2014 our report "UK malnutrition and rickets health warning" was a shocker. Rickets is associated with the early 20th Century and most people would be surprised to learn it still exists in a rich western country.
"The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which advises the NHS on treatments, has already suggested vitamin D should be given more widely to counter a hidden epidemic of deficiency." "The NICE guidelines called for more free supplements and for supermarkets to sell low-cost tablets."
In general though it seems that education is a must to prevent rickets and brittle bones.
Mail Online - Lack of sun raises early death risk for middle-aged: Over-55s with Vitamin D deficiency are twice as likely to die early
Report claims millions of Britons malnourished
WedMD has good advice here