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So, it’s not exactly a surprise that processed meats aren’t healthy, they may also cause cancer. They’re high in saturated fats and are high in calories. Add on the high counts of sodium, cholesterol and heartburn, it’s pretty obvious that deli meats, sausage, bacon et al aren’t good for your body, health or your waistline. But according to a new World Health Organization announcement on October 29, 2015, that eating less processed meats can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

The announcement was based on a monograph released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the WHO, which was published in research journal The Lancet Oncology just a few days before the official WHO response. The long, detailed report compiled the research of 22 scientists from 10 countries and more than 800 studies at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, that evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. So it’s pretty big news here.

Here’s What You Need to Know from the IARC’s Announcement:

So how what we’re left with is don’t eat it, but eat it. And there are the high-protein diets, like Paleo, Atkins, Dukan, South Beach, and the list goes on, that tout the healthy weight benefits of eating meat. But is a slimmer physique worth risking cancer? And it comes all down to commonsense and balance. The World Cancer Research Fund recommends an upper limit of 500 grams (cooked weight) per week of red meat, including beef, pork and lamb. As for processed meats like ham, bacon and salami, have as little as possible. So if you do enjoy a baseball game dog or pepperoni on your pizza, think of it as a treat – not as a source of protein.

The WHO also Offers More Info on Eating and Not Eating Red Meat and Processed Meats


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