World Health Organization Experts Say Processed Meat Causes Cancer

”These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat,” says Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC.

Eating processed meats such as sausages, ham, hamburgers, salami and bacon causes cancer and eating red meat such as beef, veal, pork and lamb can cause cancer. This was confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its Agency for Research on Cancer through a press release on October 26th 2015.

Processed meat: was classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). According to the WOH consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.

“The risk of colorectal cancer while eating processed meats increases in proportion to the amount of meat they eat,” said Dr. Kurt Straif, from the Agency for Research on Cancer.
Read meat: was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). This association was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, though associations were also found for pancreatic and prostate cancer.

The Agency for Research on Cancer, which was studying the carcinogenic risk of meat for the first time, reviewed 800 studies that analyzed associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red or processed meat.

Meat is not only damaging to human health but it is also damaging the environment. According to the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations: “Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.” The production of meat is also creating an enormous amount of needless suffering to animals.

By replacing chicken, fish and other meats with plant-based alternatives you will be saving 476 farmed animals every year as well as benefiting your health and the environment.