Things Are Not Great For Bacon Right Now…

You may have seen in the news last week that The World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and salami — have been deemed as carcinogenic i.e can cause cancer.  Not only that, red meat (such as beef, lamb and veal) was also classified as being ‘cancer-causing’.  While this may have been devastating for anyone who owns a Delicatessen or Butcher, it is important that we put this news into context. This blog will investigate the findings of the WHO last week and assess the context of the claims made:

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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. However, this was only a small part of the full story – the WHO actually disclosed a list of 116 potential objects / foods / pollutants / drugs that may be linked to increasing the incidence of cancer developing in the human body.   The complete list can be found by clicking on the link:

Of course, due to the sensationalist nature of media, we only hear about ‘meat causing cancer’.  However, if you scan the list provided by the WHO there is much more we should be concerned about.  For example, if you believe what the media tells us, eating processed meats puts you in the same cancer risk as smoking and being exposed to asbestos. This does not mean that they are equally dangerous.  In fact, it is interesting to note that even things such as aloe vera are on the list of possible carcinogens…and we know that many people rub that directly on their skin!

In a press release by the International Agency of Research on Cancer (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. Evidence shows that the heaviest meat eaters tend to have the highest risk of developing cancer.

So the take-home message (of course) is that providing you eat processed / red meat in moderation, you will have a much lower chance of developing cancer.  You know the saying ‘everything in moderation, is the best for your health…including moderation itself’. In fact,  Barry Carpenter (president of the North American Meat Institute) states that, “Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health.”

The Natural Way believes that all things in moderation not only help you to control your health – but also your weight.   In fact, did you know that another major cause of cancer is obesity (and is a much bigger contributor to the incidence of cancer than eating bacon & processed meats)?  So let us help you to reduce your risk of cancer while managing your health & weight…The Natural Way.  Phone 1300SLIMMER now and book your FREE appointment to find out more about our fabulous program and how you can get back the body you want!

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way.
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1 Response to Things Are Not Great For Bacon Right Now…

  1. Vinny Grette says:

    “Increase the risk of something unlikely by 18 percent and it’s still unlikely.” Having noted that, I’m still going to try to reduce my processed and red meat consumption. –

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