View Full Version : Processed meats do cause cancer - WHO

10-26-2015, 07:23 PM

WHO seems to think everyone will die early now that everyone is eating too much processed meat already.

Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon - increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were "probably carcinogenic" but there was limited evidence.

The WHO did stress that meat also had health benefits.

Cancer Research UK said this was a reason to cut down rather than give up red and processed meats.

And added that an occasional bacon sandwich would do little harm.

What is processed meat?

Processed meat has been modified to either extend its shelf life or change the taste and the main methods are smoking, curing, or adding salt or preservatives.

Simply putting beef through a mincer does not mean the resulting mince is "processed" unless it is modified further.

Processed meat includes bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky and ham as well as canned meat and meat-based sauces.

It is the chemicals involved in the processing which could be increasing the risk of cancer. High temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque, can also create carcinogenic chemicals.

In the UK, around six out of every 100 people get bowel cancer at some point in their lives.

If they were all had an extra 50g of bacon a day for the rest of their lives then the risk would increase by 18% to around seven in 100 people getting bowel cancer.

"So that's one extra case of bowel cancer in all those 100 lifetime bacon-eaters," argued Sir David Spiegelhalter, a risk professor from the University of Cambridge.


How bad?

The WHO has come to the conclusion on the advice of its International Agency for Research on Cancer, which assesses the best available scientific evidence.

It has now placed processed meat in the same category as plutonium, but also alcohol as they definitely do cause cancer.

However, this does not mean they are equally dangerous. A bacon sandwich is not as bad as smoking.

"For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed," Dr Kurt Straif from the WHO said.

Estimates suggest 34,000 deaths from cancer every year could be down to diets high in processed meat.

That is in contrast to one million deaths from cancer caused by smoking and 600,000 attributed to alcohol each year.

Red meat does have nutritional value too and is a major source of iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

However, the WHO said there was limited evidence that 100g of red meat a day increased the risk of cancer by 17%.

An eight ounce steak is 225g.


Little harm

Prof Tim Key, from the Cancer Research UK and the University of Oxford, said: "This decision doesn't mean you need to stop eating any red and processed meat, but if you eat lots of it you may want to think about cutting down.

"Eating a bacon bap every once in a while isn't going to do much harm - having a healthy diet is all about moderation."

Dr Teresa Norat, one of the advisors to the WHO report and from Imperial College London, said there were many factors causing bowel cancer.

She told BBC News website: "People should limit consumption of red meat and avoid consuming processed meat, but they should also have a diet rich in fibre, from fruit and vegetables and maintain an adequate body weight throughout life and limit the consumption of alcohol and be physically active."

The industry body the Meat Advisory Panel said "avoiding red meat in the diet is not a protective strategy against cancer" and said the focus should be alcohol, smoking and body weight.


Drunken Savior
10-26-2015, 07:25 PM
Processed meat includes bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, corned beef, beef jerky and ham as well as canned meat and meat-based sauces.

Well then fuck living. I can give up smoking, but I'm not giving up bacon and sausages.

Joe Redifer
10-26-2015, 08:50 PM
Somehow I think that no matter what we do, we're gonna die. Probably all of us, even.

10-27-2015, 05:01 AM
I heard from the radio that as long as you consume a good amount of antioxidant food, it would negate the effect of eating processed meat, because antioxidants help preventing cancer. So just eat a lot of these:

Rank Food item Serving size Total antioxidant capacity per serving size
1. Small Red Bean (dried) Half cup 13,727
2. Wild blueberry 1 cup 13,427
3. Red kidney bean (dried) Half cup 13,259
4. Pinto bean Half cup 11,864
5. Blueberry (cultivated) 1 cup 9,019
6. Cranberry 1 cup (whole) 8,983
7. Artichoke (cooked) 1 cup (hearts) 7,904
8. Blackberry 1 cup 7,701
9. Prune Half cup 7,291
10. Raspberry 1 cup 6,058
11. Strawberry 1 cup 5,938
12. Red Delicious apple 1 whole 5,900
13. Granny Smith apple 1 whole 5,381
14. Pecan 1 ounce 5,095
15. Sweet cherry 1 cup 4,873
16. Black plum 1 whole 4,844
17. Russet potato (cooked) 1 whole 4,649
18. Black bean (dried) Half cup 4,181
19. Plum 1 whole 4,118
20. Gala apple 1 whole 3,903
Bonus. White Tea, Green Tea and Red Tea also contain lots of antioxidants


Paper exe
10-27-2015, 06:11 AM
we already know that years ago and we already know that ppl refuse to eat probably and would stick to process food, veg oil and sugar (starch based food like grin also fall to this category!) and ignore the other 90% that make up a human being food.

Joe Redifer
10-27-2015, 08:50 AM
I eat the opposite of all those foods.

10-27-2015, 09:24 AM
I only eat rocks.

11-03-2015, 06:50 PM
I might eat some of that stuff one every few months as a treat. Generally I go for chicken dairy and/or grain instead.

11-03-2015, 09:33 PM
I'm starting my new diets of rock eating. Plant eating is barbaric. They live! They grow! and we're eating them like they were worse than cattle!

Drunken Savior
11-04-2015, 12:59 AM

11-04-2015, 03:26 AM
The Pentagon is injecting our meats with cancer!!!!!!!! Nah just kidding.

If i get colonerecticular cancer, i would just commit euthanasia- no point living with a seriously nasty health problem-

EDIT- I had a little too much to drink after work when writing this

11-04-2015, 04:28 PM
There seems to be some really interesting treatments around the corner for various cancers. This is like the worst time ever to throw in the towel.

11-05-2015, 02:31 AM
Lessons we can learn from the NA'VI of Avatar in these regards


Sinful Sam
11-09-2015, 05:26 AM
I think that Kesha music video gave me cancer.

With all the processed meat, cell phones, and genetically modified organism we consume daily we are all going to have cancer when we are old. Lol

11-09-2015, 09:24 PM
I think that Kesha music video gave me cancer.

With all the processed meat, cell phones, and genetically modified organism we consume daily we are all going to have cancer when we are old. Lol

No its 'ke$ha' you moron