My bologna has a first name and it’s spelled C-A-N-C-E-R.
Well, whatdoyaknow, that’s also how my ham, my hotdogs and my mmmmmmmm bacon spell their first names too!
In a controversial report issued today, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research division of the World Health Organization, announced that processed meats cause cancer.
What are processed meats?
Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood. Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, bacon, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky. Don’t forget about canned meat and even meat-based preparations and sauces.
Processed meat was classified as Group 1, carcinogenic to humans. What does this mean?
This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. In other words, there is convincing evidence that the agent causes cancer. The evaluation is usually based on epidemiological studies showing the development of cancer in exposed humans. In the case of processed meat, this classification is based on sufficient evidence from epidemiological studies that eating processed meat causes colorectal cancer, but an association with stomach cancer was also seen, but the evidence is not conclusive.
The organization said the risk of getting cancer is “small” but increases with quantity. An analysis of data from 10 studies estimated that every 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by about 18%. Read the full Yahoo News article here.
Will somebody go check on Jared from the Subway ads to see how he’s doing? (He ate a significant amount of lunchmeat, didn’t he?)
The organization also identified red meat as “probably carcinogenic,” meaning it’s LIKELY to cause cancer as well. This means beef, veal, pork and lamb and others. However, in their press release, the World Health Organization says “Eating red meat has not yet been established as a cause of cancer.”
Does it surprise you that we are hearing deli meat and cold cuts are linked to cancer? Will you be changing any eating habits based on this announcement? Packing lunches for your kids any differently?
Do share this information to loved ones and be sure to get your daily servings of vegetables and limit your consumption of processed meats and foods. As far as red meat, many are saying this has nutritional value. Best to read the links to the studies included in this article and make your own assessments there.
~Getting To the Meat Of The Matter,