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There is a clear difference between eating red meats (like beef) and white meats (like chicken or turkey). Studies have shown that the formation of N-nitroso compounds in the large intestine (associated with an increased risk of colon cancer) is much more likely to occur from eating red meats like beef than white meats.

Comparison of Meat, Poultry, & Seafood
Recommended 3 oz. Serving
(Skinless, Lean, Trimmed and Broiled or Roasted )
Food Calories (kcal) Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg)
Pink Salmon 127 4 57
Chicken Breast 142 3 73
Pork Tenderloin 159 5 80
Beef Sirloin 171 7 76
75% lean ground Beef 235 15 75
95% Lean Sirloin 144 4 39
95% Lean Hamburger 171 7 76

(From: Reference: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard References (2006). Release 19.)

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