World Health Organization Expected to Declare Bacon a Carcinogen

Don’t hate the messenger! According to one of the leading news sources in the United Kingdom, the Independent, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to announce that bacon, sausage and processed meats, are carcinogens. In doing so, the WHO would likely be classifying these processed food items in the same category as cigarettes and asbestos.  The announcement is anticipated to come as early as Monday, October 26, 2015. Red meat is expected to be classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

The announcement will undoubtedly have wide-reaching ramifications for those involved in the meat industry. But, the news doesn’t completely come as a surprise since there has been a growing body of research over recent years linking bacon, and other processed or red meats, to cancer. One study published in the journal BMC Medicine of 448,568 people found that eating processed foods like bacon, sausage, ham and other processed meats increases the risk of dying prematurely. The massive long-term study followed people in 10 European countries for 12.7 years.

Earlier this year a joint research team made up of leading worldwide cancer researchers published their research on processed meats and cancer risk. The study, published in the journal, Cancer Medicine, found a link between higher rates of colorectal cancer and pan-fried beef steaks, as well as oven-broiled short ribs or spareribs.

Frequently, bacon, sausage, luncheon meats and other beef, lamb and pork products are touted as good sources of protein, particularly in many popular weight loss programs. But, these programs miss the big picture: weight loss cannot be at the expense of overall health or contribute to diseases like cancer.

Many types of cancer are preventable. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), at least one-third of all cancers are completely preventable through diet and lifestyle. However, some cancers like those of the mouth, larynx, pharynx and esophagus are 63 percent preventable through diet and lifestyle. 59 percent of endometrial cancers and 50 percent of colorectal cancers are also completely preventable through diet and exercise, indicates the AICR.

According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there are several dietary things people can do to help reduce their cancer risk, which include:

1) Limit consumption of red meat, including beef, pork and lamb; and

2) Avoid processed meats (such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats, etc.).

Founded in 1982, the World Cancer Research Fund is a non-profit organization and the world’s leading authority on diet, weight, physical activity and their link to cancer prevention.

Of course, exercise is also essential to any cancer-prevention program. Additionally, staying clear of known carcinogens like many pesticide (such as Monsanto’s glyphosate found in Roundup), cigarette smoke (first or second-hand) and reducing exposures to diesel fumes, many industrial chemicals and plastics (as much as possible) can help reduce the risk of cancer.

Earlier this year the World Health Organization (WHO) also declared that the pesticide glyphosate (found in Monsanto’s Roundup) is a carcinogen. This pesticide is sprayed on many food crops and is used by many people to kill weeds on their lawns.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Nell N.
Past Member 3 years ago

Over the years they have said thousands of food carsinogen. If you want to search the list you can see that you cannot eat anything and you die for sure.

Nikki Davey
Nikki Davey3 years ago

Living is fatal.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven3 years ago

thanks for the article.

Paul Lundbohm
Paul Lundbohm3 years ago

This all from a press release. The WHO study is still at press and is based on epidemiological studies that CANNOT show causation. Anyone looking for a sane explanation look up "Healthy User Bias" while feasting on your bacon and eggs (hold the toast because cereal grains have been implicated in colon cancer). Yet this doesn't stop the meat bashing at least once a year. So long critical thinking, hello hysteria.

Magdalena C.
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you!

Gerald L.
Gerald L3 years ago

Contd; Red Meat the Whipping Boy;
In addition to cancer risks, high nitrate concentrations in drinking water supplies have been linked to increased risk of sponta- neous abortions, premature births, and intrauterine growth retardation, although not all studies found these associations. In four studies to date, central nervous system malfor- mation has been linked to the nitrate in drinking water of pregnant women, including some evidence at nitrate concentrations below the EPA standard. High levels of nitrate ingestion via drinking water were asso- ciated with increased rates of thyroid enlarge- ment (hypertrophy) and thyroid underfunc- tion (hypothyroidism). Given these findings, more

research is needed to evaluate the range of health effects due to nitrate ingestion.

Gerald L.
Gerald L3 years ago

Bingo; Red meat has become the whipping boy when Nitrates are the problem, heme iron in RED Meat the factor to Nitrite. Vitamin C intake blocks OR minimizes the biochemistry & metabolism. There is a good Chart on Page (6?)

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the UN World Health Organi- zation International Agency for Research on Cancer expert working group concluded: “Ingested nitrate or nitrite under conditions that result in endogenous nitrosation is proba- bly carcinogenic to humans” (endogenous nitrosation refers to the formation of N-nitroso- compounds in the stomach, as described above). Increased risks for stomach, esophageal, colon, and kidney cancer have been found in the few studies that have evaluated people with high intake of nitrate from drinking water or diet and low intake of vitamin C. The production of N-nitroso-compounds is decreased by vita- min C and other compounds in fruits and veg- etables and increased by heme iron in red meats, so the risk could be minimized by a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and worsened by a diet rich in red meat.
In addition to cancer risks, high nitrate concentrations in drinking water supplies have been linked to increased ris

Irene S.
Irene S3 years ago

I don´t care too much and would prefer the Monsanto crap is banned!

@ CLAUDE H., do you think vegetables are resistant against radioactivity?

CLAUDE Hennie3 years ago

Why shouldn't I eat bacon ?
When Tchernobyl and Fukushima still release radioactivity in the whole atmosphere ?
let's be serious !