October 26, 2015
Today, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer told the world that processed and cured meats - including hot dogs, sausages, bacon, and ham - cause colon cancer, putting them in Carcinogen Group 1, alongside cigarettes, asbestos and alcohol. According to their new report, eating 50g of processed meat a day can increase your risk of colon cancer by 18%. The WHO came up with this figure after a team of 22 experts from 10 countries reviewed over 800 cancer studies and a whole lot of epidemiological data on the consumption of processed and red meat. Scientists have been publishing on this link for years, but this statement from the WHO raises the stakes. The meat industry is not happy, and many of their researchers have pointed to other substances classified as carcinogens by the WHO (including coffee, wine, and yoga pants), that most people accept as a routine part of their daily lives. Either way, meat is definitely now on the cancer watch list. And guess which country consumes more of it than almost any other? That's right - the US.