Did you know that people who use to eat about 1.8 ounces of processed meat daily run the risk of falling victim to cancer by 18 percent? Of course, this risk increases dramatically if the consumption of processed meat is much higher. The results of 22 scientists who made some researches looking for a link between the consumption of processed meat to cancer were stunning: They arrived to the conclusion that processed meat has even the same potential to cause cancer as tobacco smoking and even asbestos.
“The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — can cause cancer.
In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are “probably carcinogenic” to people.
A group of 22 scientists reviewed the evidence linking red meat and processed meat consumption to cancer, and concluded that eating processed meats regularly increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Their evidence review is explained in an article published in The Lancet.
The conclusion puts processed meats in the same category of cancer risk as tobacco smoking and asbestos. This does not mean that they are equally dangerous, says theInternational Agency for Research on Cancer — the agency within the WHO that sets the classifications. And it’s important to note that even things such as aloe vera are on the list of possible carcinogens.
In a Q & A released by the IARC, the agency says that “eating meat has known health benefits,” but it also points out that the cancer risk increases with the amount of meat consumed. As we’ve reported, studies show that the heaviest meat eaters tend to have the highest risk.
The IARC says high-temperature cooking methods (such as cooking meat in direct contact with a flame) produce more carcinogenic compounds. However, the group says there were not enough data “to reach a conclusion about whether the way meat is cooked affects the risk of cancer.”
Susan Gapstur of the American Cancer Society says the society recommends “consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting consumption of processed meat and red meat,” she told us in a written statement.”
Read the full article at npr.org!