On Monday, October 26, 2015, The World Health Organization unveiled a monograph that was shocking to some.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, The cancer agent of the World Health Organization, published it's monograph that evaluated the connection between red and process meats and cancer. The conclusion: Red and processed meat is probably carcinogenic to humans. The association was seen primarily for colorectal cancer, but also seen with pancreatic and prostate cancer. The experts concluded that for each 50 grams (1.76 oz) portion of meat eaten daily the risk of colorectal cancer increases by 18%.
Processed meats include hot dogs, beef jerky, sausages, ham, and anything else cured, salted, or smoked.
Before we all start freaking out about how much meat we may have consumed in our lifetimes, its best to take this information in a more productive light.
This news helps us make better choices going forward. Diets low and processed meats, such as a Mediterranean diet rich in deep water and Omega loaded fish, olive oil, legumes, fresh veg, and red wine are healthy, So are vegan diets. If you are a red meat eater, try moderation, and create balance with other good health choices.
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