World Health Organization Warns Public: 'Processed Meats Cause Cancer'

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a consumer alert on Monday after scientists revealed their findings on a recent study about Cancer. According to the WHO researchers, “eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while redmeat is the main cause of the disease,” reported the Huffington Post.

The new findings have sparked a new debate over the merits of a meat-based diet. The agency, whose findings on meat followed a meeting of health experts in France earlier this month, estimated that eating processed meat on a daily basis increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

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According to the report: the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos, and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.

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Red meat, under which the IARC includes beef, lamb and pork, was classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.

“Diets rich in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 deaths a year worldwide,” according to the Global Burden of Disease Project.

H/T: Huffington Post

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