There is no better time to go Vegan! According to a report from a research division of WHO (World Health Organization), processed meats cause cancer. Eating hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage and other processed meat can cause colorectal cancer.
Kurt Straif of the International Agency for Cancer Research said the risk of developing colorectal cancer from eating processed meat remains small but rises with the amount consumed. Consuming red meat was linked to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer, but the link was not as strong, the IARC report said.
“In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance,” Straif said.
The IARC report labeled processed meat a carcinogen — cigarettes are similarly labeled — and said red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Processed meat was defined as meat transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking “or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.” The most common processed meats consumed in the U.S. include hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, canned meat and beef jerky.
The IARC said it considered more than 800 studies that investigated possible links between a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets.
The experts concluded that each 50 gram portion — about 1.75 ounce, or about two strips of bacon — of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%, the IARC said.
IARC director Christopher Wild said the findings support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat but stressed that red meat has nutritional value. He said governments and international regulatory agencies must balance the risks and benefits of eating red meat and processed meat “to provide the best possible dietary recommendations.”
As a natural health advocator & health researcher, my advice hasn’t changed after learning this. To improve all aspects of your health, eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active and, please don’t smoke.
This is a great time to consider juicing. Having a juice replace one of your meals is a great way to get the necessary vitamins and nutrients that your body may be lacking and it’s a lot healthier for you then eating fast food and processed meats.
Here are some great juicing recipes for you to consider to get started on the right path.