Next time you have a sausage roll, hotdog, polony sandwich or smoked bacon be aware that the World Health Organisation has just added processed meat to category 1 of cancer causing substances…alongside tobacco, asbestos, alcohol, arsenic etc. The WHO report the from International Agency for Research on Cancer placed processed meats in the category of group 1 carcinogens saying that eating 50 grams of processed meat (salted, cured, fermented, smoked, etc) every day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
It’s not all doom and gloom though if you’re a meat lover hey. Eating a piece of bacon is not as bad as smoking a cigarette.
“Global health experts on Monday morning listed processed meat as a cancer-causing substance – the highest of five possible rankings, shared with alcohol, asbestos, arsenic and cigarettes.
Fresh red meat is ranked on the next level – as a “probable” carcinogen. The studies examined found that eating 100g a day of fresh red meat was associated with a 17 per cent increased risk of cancer, but WHO’s committee said the evidence to support this was more limited.” [Telegraph]
Now you know.