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WHO says processed meat causes bowel cancer, red meat is risky: Is it half truth?

WHO says processed meat causes bowel cancer, red meat is risky: Is it half truth?

WHO says processed meat causes bowel cancer, red meat is risky: Is it half truth?

Processed meat may cause cancer, a WHO report has said. The same report claims that even red meat may cause cancer in some ways. Though this hasn’t been said clearly, but the report seems to make this suggestion.

The latest World Health Organization report said that consuming sausages, ham and other processed meats causes colorectal cancer. The report added that there were reasons to believe that red meat “probably” too caused colorectal cancer.

Report said that the above mentioned products may cause bowel cancer. Though this is not going to hit the industry hard, some people are going to stop using at least processed meat.

beefThe WHO report is based on a review of 800 studies from around the world. It found “sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer”. This was revealed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Though the report doesn’t actually ask people to stop consuming processed meat or red meat, it asks to at least limit intake of processed meat. The report reportedly includes meat that has been salted, cured, fermented or smoked—hot dogs, sausages, corned beef, dried meat like beef jerky or South African biltong, canned meat or meat-based sauces.

The report went on to add that for every 50 grams of meat eaten on a daily basis, the population-wide risk of developing colon cancer was 18% higher, said the agency.

Nonetheless the IARC went on to add that the cancer risk was statistically “small”, but “increases with the amount of meat consumed.” On the other hand the report also found cancer-causing agents in unprocessed red meat in beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse or goat.

On the other hand the IARC said its data didn’t allow something like a safe meat quota. “It is not yet fully understood” how cancer risk was increased, the agency added—speculating about the potential role of chemicals that form during meat processing or cooking.

Nonetheless there were people who said that the data was mischievously collected. They said that people in Mediterranean ate processed meat, but the ratio of people suffering from cancer was bbery low. NAMI vice president Betsy Booren said, “people in countries where the Mediterranean diet is followed, like Spain, Italy and France, have some of the longest lifespans in the world and excellent health.”

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