Bad news, carnivores. A new WHO report says your favorite foods - sausages, bacon, chops - are highly likely to cause cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World He alth Organization, has convened a panel of 22 experts from 10 countries to assess the risk of developing cancer from eating different foods. More than 800 studies have been analyzed linking meat foods to a dozen types of cancer. The results of this extensive analysis were published in the Lancet.
Researchers have found that red meat (beef, pork, lamb, horse meat and goat meat) is a cancerous threat to the colon (part of the large intestine) and rectum, pancreas and prostate glands. An even greater risk is the consumption of processed meats such as sausages, ham and bacon, which, in addition to these organs of the human body, can provoke the formation of cancer cells, cancer also in the stomach and throughout the colon.
The commission's report states that the main reason is probably the processing and cooking of meat, during which carcinogens are formed in it. The risk of eating raw meat was not considered in this study.
According to the report, every 50g of processed meat products (sausages, ham, etc.) per day and every 100g of pure red meat per day (steaks, kebabs) increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 17-18 %.
Many he alth organizations have long spoken about the dangers associated with eating meat, but this is the first time it sounds so scary. The Washington Post notes that the commission considered the issue of mandatory labeling of meat and meat products with a special mark indicating the carcinogenicity of these products. It was decided to introduce such a mark into circulation, although the decision of the commission was not unanimous.
Of course, meat producers claim that there is no connection between eating meat and the development of cancer. The North American Meat Institute said the commission's results, we quote, "defy common sense and dozens of studies showing that there is no correlation between eating meat and cancer, and eating meat is a he althy, balanced diet."
Researchers are not making any consumer recommendations at this time, but the American Cancer Society has already issued a recommendation for he alth conscious people to reduce red meat in their diets and focus on fish and protein-rich vegetables.