Meat lovers everywhere may have to rethink their choices after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a link between some meats and cancer. The study found that processed meat, like hot dogs and bacon, increases the risk of cancer, along with red meat such as beef, pork, and lamb. The report comes from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and puts processed meats at the top tier of cancer causes along with alcohol and cigarettes, with red meat sitting on the second tier list.
The study shows a positive correlation in the risk for colorectal (bowel) and other types of cancer in individuals who consumed processed and red meat. Essentially, as the amount of processed and red meat you ate increased, so did your risk of cancer. For example, the agency estimated that eating a 50-gram portion of processed meat daily increased the risk of bowel cancer by up to 18%. That’s only about 3 slices of bacon daily. However, the study has already received criticism from meat industry groups who say the studies did not consider lifestyles and that meat is an important part of a balanced diet. However, the IARC says their studies were extensive and show a probable cause between processed and red meat and cancer.
According to the reports, however, the risk can be decreased with a healthy lifestyle. Maybe vegetarians had the right idea the whole time???