Cancer is absolutely no joke whatsoever, but it seems like everything these days is either bad for you or gives you cancer. Now, according to WHO (World Health Organization), even processed meat is part of the problem.
A group of 22 scientists within the organization crunched some numbers linking red meat and processed meat consumption to cancer. What they found was that eating processed meats like bacon, sausage and hot dogs cause cancer. In addition, WHO says that red meats like pork, beef, veal and lam are “probably carcinogenic” to people. Probably doesn’t cut it for me, though. If you’re unsure of something don’t go blabbing about it and causing global uproar.
Unbelievably, this puts eating meat in the same cancer-risk category as smoking tobacco and asbestos. That statement is a tad misleading, though, since even aloe vera is on that list and the International Agency for Research on Cancer has even said that they’re not equally as dangerous. The IARC says that “eating meat has known health benefits,” but warns that eating too much of it increased the rick of cancer. Most of us know how to eat balanced meals and it’s not like we’re eating pounds of meat a day or anything, so why the issue?
According to the World Cancer Research Fund we don’t need to eating all that much meat to be at risk. Consumption of a mere 3.5 ounces of red and processed meat per day leads to a 16% increased risk of colorectal cancer. That’s roughly a quarter of a pound. Keep in mind thatcstudy was published back in 2011. The latest edition is even more doom and gloom. The newest evaluation points to an 18% increased risk for roughly 1.8 ounces per day.
Does this mean you’re going to get cancer from eating meat every day? No, it really doesn’t. We’ve been eating meat for thousands of years and our ancestors ate way more meat than we do today. We evolved to eat the stuff, so it’s not the only thing that’s brining us down. In fact, Barry Carpenter, who’s president of the North American Meat Institute, had this to say:
“Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health,”
He then added that: “IARC’s panel was given the basic task of looking at hazards that meat could pose at some level, under circumstance, but was not asked to consider any off-setting benefits, like the nutrition that meat delivers or the implications of drastically reducing or removing meat from the diet altogether,”
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Look, I don’t care what you eat or don’t eat. But don’t go about giving people shit for their dietary choices, and that goes for meat eaters as well. Like I said, we’ve been eating meat for thousands of years and plenty of people who live very long lives eat meat every day. Will eating meat kill you? If you eat way too much of it then of course. But genetics also play a part in this thing we call life, so at the end of the day when asked about my stance on meat and it maybe giving me cancer…