Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2015 Contents A6
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, October 31, 2015
• Passionate about food}
We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and experienced
Chef to assist in running a kitchen. It features high quality
modern cuisine, a kitchen that caters for a variety of events
which include corporate functions.
The successful applicant must
Have at least three (3) years previous experience
Be able to manage a busy kitchen
Possess a Valid Food Badge
Setting menus and food pricing (Sushi Recipes being one
of the main dishes)
Ordering and monitoring supplies
Attention to detail is a must, as is demonstrated by culinary
expertise. We want someone with creativity and passion to
help us produce innovative dishes for our customers.
If you possess all of the above, please contact:
389-2269 for interviews.
Health Minister Terrence Deyals-
ingh yesterday advised citizens that
while they were free to consume ham
and other processed meats over the
Christmas season, it was important
to exercise common sense and dis-
cretion when choosing food options
and portion sizes.
Telling the public this was not a
situation which required legislative
amendments, Deyalsingh said the
report released by the World Health
Organisation (WHO) earlier this week
linking the consumption of red and
processed meats to an increase in can-
cer was no reason for panic.
He said the key to reducing the
risk of developing cancer was mod-
eration---both in diet and food choic-
es.Deyalsingh said although the min-
istry was concerned about the findings
of the report, no directive was issued
to the Food and Drug Division regard-
ing the importation of products.
Addressing concerns at a press con-
The number drawn yesterday on
CNC3 Crime Watch for the Read
Watch Cash promotion was 568191.
Our Read Watch Cash promotion
team is now in search of our new win-
If the number at the back of your
yesterday s Guardian was 568191 you
have won $14,500 cash.
You have until 3 pm on Monday to
come to the Guardian head office, Rod-
ney Road, Endeavour, Chaguanas, with
the newspaper containing the winning
number (in the order it was drawn),
and photo identification to claim your
Remember to keep your "today s
paper" and tune into today s Crime
Watch on CNC3 at 6 pm to find out
if you have won.
Read Watch Cash jackpot $14,500
Health minister on WHO cancer link
Don't panic over red meat warning
ference at the Ministry of Health,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday, Deyalsingh
said the average Trinidadian did not
consume more than 100 grammes of
red meat daily.
He said people who consumed
more than 100 grammes of red meat
daily were at a higher risk of devel-
oping colorectal cancer (colon cancer)
by as much as 17 per cent.
He said citizens of the United States
needed to pay greater attention to
the findings of the WHO report as
their society encouraged those kinds
of eating habits.
"In Trinidad and Tobago, we eat a
higher proportion of white meat and
fish," he said.
Admitting that there had been a
lot of ambiguity in the reports being
published following the release of the
report, the minister said while citizens
had to pay attention to their con-
sumption of red and processed meats,
it was also important to revise their
diets which were consistently high
in saturated fats, salt and sugar.
A customer reaches at shelves of processed meat at a grocery in
Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO:ABRAHAM DIAZ
After the report was made public,
Deyalsingh said the ministry acted almost
immediately to convene a panel of local
experts, including doctors, to educate the
public and allay fears among the populace
that they would be forced to avoid eating
certain meats and sausages.
According to the WHO report, eating
processed meat such as sausages and ham
causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat
may also be carcinogenic.
The WHO's cancer research unit
classified processed meat as "carcinogenic
to humans," based on evidence from
hundreds of studies.
Linking it specifically to colon or
colorectal cancer, the report outlined that
by eating 50 grammes of processed meat
each day, which was equivalent to two
slices of ham, there was an 18 per cent
increase in the risk of such cancer
Defining a carcinogen very simply as a
substance that causes cancer, medical
director at the National Radiotherapy
Centre, Dr Dylan Narinesingh, said
substances which fell into this category
included cigarette smoke, radiation,
alcoholic beverages and processed meats.
He attributed the increase to many
different factors including hereditary
factors, diet and lifestyle choices.
In a bid to reduce the risk of developing
such cancers, Narinesingh advised persons:
"Eat a diet with less red meat, choose
poultry and seafood instead, and increase
your fruit and vegetable consumption."
Manager, Nutrition and Metabolism
Division, Taryn Phillip, said processed meat
was prepared by smoking, curing, salting or
Examples of processed meat include
ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, hot dogs and
Phillip admitted that while there was
strong evidence that the consumption of
red and processed meats increased the risk
of bowel cancer, the key to staving off this
disease was moderation as "red meat is a
good source of valuable nutrients."
Yvonne Lewis, director of the Health
Education Division, said they had already
begun visiting schools as part of a public
education campaign to promote awareness
among children as to the risks associated
with the over-consumption of red and
With an evaluation of the School Meals
Options planned for 2015/2016, Lewis said
assessments and recommendations would
be made to ensure that the meals being
supplied met the necessary nutritional
requirements, without putting children at
risk for obesity and other chronic diseases.
Urging persons to limit their intake
of red meat and eat little, if any,
processed meats (as the World Cancer
Research Fund recommended only 2.5
ounces of red meat daily), Phillip said
dietitians recommended limiting red
meat to no more than twice weekly.
She said this consumption of red
meat, along with a meat alternative
such as fish and chicken, would make
up the recommended daily intake of
five ounces of protein.
Phillip also urged persons to eat
more plant-based foods including
vegetables, fruits, whole grains, peas
and beans; reduce their salt intake and
limit alcoholic drinks to two per day for
men and one per day for women; avoid
high-calorie foods and sugary drinks;
exercise for at least 30 minutes daily;
and eat healthy rather than relying on
supplements to protect against cancer.
On the issue of grilled or barbecued
meat, she said, this method might
actually increase the risk of cancer.
However, she urged citizens to use
low-temperature cooking methods for
meat such as steaming, stewing, and
baking instead of frying, grilling and
Stating that, "I'm not saying we can't
do it," she noted that the preparation of
meats also had a part to play in
reducing the risk of developing cancer.
LIMIT RED MEAT CONSUMPTION
Links Archive October 30th 2015 November 1st 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page