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World Health Organization Links Processed Meat to Cancer

October 26 2015 Meatless Monday 

World Health Organization Links Processed Meat to Cancer
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One more reason to go meatless on Monday: reduce your risk of cancer. This Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that their researchers have found eating processed meats increases the risk of certain cancers. According to estimates cited by in the WHO report, about 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide could be attributed to diets that are high in processed meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs, or ham. Not only did researchers find the connection between processed meat and cancer, they also found that consuming unprocessed red meat in general is probably carcinogenic to humans. The WHO report was drafted in connection with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph Working Group by a panel of 22 international experts. The panel reviewed extensive research over seven days in early October looking for evidence of the connection between red meat, processed meats, and cancer. Panel members drew conclusions from more than 800 epidemiological studies on the subject from the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere. “These results are important in enabling governments and international regulatory agencies to conduct risk assessments, in order to balance the risks and benefits of eating red meat and processed meat and to provide the best possible dietary recommendations.” – Christopher Wild, head of the WHO’s cancer agency How can people eat healthier, avoid health risks, and still enjoy their meals? By cutting out meat once a week, particularly processed and red meat, diners can reduce their consumption of high-risk meats and begin to build healthier dietary habits. Because a healthy change on Monday often leads to a healthier week, the first day of the week is a perfect time to try skipping the meat and grabbing some fruits, veggies, or healthy whole grains instead. The full report, Carcinogenicity of Consumption of Red and Processed Meat, will be published in the 114 of the IARC Monographs and available online through The Lancet: Oncology. The post World Health Organization Links Processed Meat to Cancer appeared first on Meatless Monday.

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