BBQs and your Health

BBQs, red meat and cancer – a message from Cure Cancer Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Floyd Larsen

Cure Cancer Australia’s decision to launch BARBECURE, a major fundraising initiative to raise funds for cancer research was not taken without considerable internal and external discussion and debate.

Key issues included:

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  • The World Health Organisation’s October 2015 report into carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
  • Concerns that BARBECURE might be perceived to be encouraging the consumption of red meat or processed meat.

  • The need for BARBECURE to encourage healthy eating regardless of dietary preferences.

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We consulted widely within our community and discussed the pros and cons with our researchers and medical experts.

The decision to proceed with BARBECURE was made on the following provisos:

  • All material prepared by Cure Cancer Australia to promote BARBECURE was to encourage a balanced, healthy diet.

  • Data and statistics on specific issues including over consumption of red meat and processed meat and the cancer causing effects of eating burnt or charred food to be readily available and easily accessible on the BARBECURE website.

  • Recognition of the need to be inclusive of all diets and provision of a wide range of healthy recipes.
  • BARBECURE would be able to serve a number of purposes: raise much-needed funds for cancer research; raise awareness of the importance of consuming a balanced diet and avoiding processed meats and burnt or charred foods; raise the profile of Cure Cancer Australia and the work that we do.

Further Reading:

Guide to Health Grilling - American Institute for Cancer Research
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Fish and Cancer Prevention –  Cancer Council NSW Position Statement
Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat - World Health Organisation
Lifestyle risk factors and the primary prevention of cancer - Cancer Australia, Australian Government Position Statement


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