Category: General Health

WHO Reveals Cancer Risks on Consuming Red and Processed Meats

Howdy everyone! Today I am not going to post about my fast metabolism diet development but rather, I wanted to share and spread awareness about this important news. As I was watching TV last night I came across this news about World Health Organization (WHO)’s recent study about red meats and processed meats. As a meat lover I became concerned and started to dig further on this issue and this is what I’ve found.

WHO Reveals Cancer Risks on Consuming Red and Processed Meats

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France have been conducting this experiment and research for decades and for the first time, the agency revealed that the health risks on consuming red and processed meats are in the same category as smoking and asbestos. This recommendation was based on the results of International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC epidemiological studies) stating the risk and exposure on carcinogenic chemicals (e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic aromatic amines) is fairly high on red and processed meats. Consuming high amount of red and processed meats increases the probability of colon, prostate and pancreatic cancer exposures.

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Aside from that, WHO have also warned us about the dangers of chemicals used to cure meat: specifically nitrites and nitrates. Our body automatically converts these chemicals into carcinogens, which  increases our risks on acquiring cancer. This news received a warm acceptance to US residents, since the country is long known to fight against use of chemicals and pesticides on meats.  Most US agencies are promoting organic farming. Whole Foods Corporation on the other hand, had started recalling their bacon, hotdogs and other deli meat products after the study was shown to public.


This news, however, may not be widely accepted by other countries, such as European countries, in which are known to have many red meat products as part of their savored foods. Sausages are heavily savored and smoked ham is their national delicacy.


My Opinion About the Matter:

Even though I recently embark my weight loss journey and started avoiding much of processed foods, I can say that I am still quite affected with this issue.  I still love eating bacons, lambs, chicken and turkey. At the end of the day, I think we need to balance out our diet and be vigilant of the food we’re eating. We need to check the ingredients before buying our food to ensure we’re eating as clean as possible. What are your thoughts about this issue? Comment them below.