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So the WHO Announced Eating Meat Increases Risk of Cancer – Here’s What You Can Do About It

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Just three days ago I gave a lecture at a medical conference about the scientific data relating meat consumption to the risk of developing diabetes mellitus. Therefore, it is with great interest that this week there is a comprehensive analysis reporting the relationship between eating meat and the risk of cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization known for expertise in analyzing scientific data for health risks, meat is now classified as a carcinogen with a risk similar to the notorious pesticide glyphosate at best and comparable to diesel fumes and tobacco at worst. Those are strong words that will shock many and have already set off a vigorous counter attack from the meat industry. So what exactly did the IARC report?

The IARC is comprised of 22 scientists from 10 countries that, as far as I can tell, have no bias to choose radicchio over ribs. The panel reviewed over 800 scientific studies on the topic of cancer and meat consumption, focusing particularly on the risk of colorectal, prostate, stomach and pancreatic cancer. Their report was published online and also in a well-respected medical journal.

Their Findings Include:

1. Processed meats like bacon, ham, salami, sausage and beef jerky are class I carcinogens, they highest risk assigned and cause cancer with sufficient data to make a firm conclusion. The relationship was strongest with colorectal and stomach cancer.

2. The risk increases incrementally with the amount of these meats that are eaten. Each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.

3. Fresh red meats like steak and roasts, but including pork and lamb, were considered as probable causes of cancer to humans (Class 2a) with links to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

The report of the IARC follows similar prior reports. In 2011, the World Cancer Research Fund concluded that there was strong evidence that both red and processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. They advised people to eat no more than 500 grams, or about 1.1 pounds, a week of meats like beef, pork, and lamb. That is the equivalent of three or four small meat patties. They advised limiting processed meats as much as possible. But why would your risk eating any?

Taking Control of Your Health

As anticipated, the meat industry is responding with vigorous attacks on the conclusions of the IARC. The debate about whether the report pertains to those choosing to eat grass-fed animal products will commence. A crucial factor in deciding on whether you are going to reduce or eliminate your meat consumption is what you are going to replace it with. Prior studies in patients with diabetes have shown that replacing red meat with legumes like lentils and chickpeas results in a reduction of inflammatory markers. A similar strategy of replacing a breakfast of sausage and bacon with a plant-based bean burrito or lentil patty would be anticipated to produce similar beneficial results including a reduction in the risk of cancer.

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34 comments on “So the WHO Announced Eating Meat Increases Risk of Cancer – Here’s What You Can Do About It”

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Christine Solosky
2 Years Ago

DUH!!


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Tony Braaton
2 Years Ago

Well me and Bob eat red meat all are life Bob passed away at 95 yrs i am 77 yrs still going strong


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Vera Hengstenberg
2 Years Ago

Andrew Therrell


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Jennifer Starin
2 Years Ago

I willing to bet there's a huge difference in grass-fed, pasture-raised meat vs. factory-farmed. I'm also willing to bet that the studies didn't consider these variables. As far as processed meats, yes, they're poison.


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Greg Swinn
28 Oct 2015

Jennifer I'm not sure if you're aware but the fact animal flesh when consumed inflames and over time hardens the vascular system... Surely that is reason enough alone to stop eating animals needlessly?

Greg Swinn
28 Oct 2015

Not all info available but a very good source here www.nutritionfacts.org

Jacqueline Kafieh
2 Years Ago

Lol now they mention this. Are you saying you never thought of this?


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Rajbir Singh Shienh
2 Years Ago

Stop smoking stuff...


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Nik Sabatier
2 Years Ago

Yeah I love the WHO!


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Sally Thompson
2 Years Ago

Matt Tickle


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Tamalin Vajda
2 Years Ago

We are one set a head of them. Never felt better.


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Lesley Paine
2 Years Ago

This is all great but unless I have a chef cooking me nice food I haven't got a clue!!


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Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

Have a look online, many easy quick and cheap recipes out there! No skill required. Veggie burgers, chilli kidney beans go with anything.. Yesterday I did spag bol, just swapped the mince for lentils, a quarter of the price compared to meat.. Went down a treat with the kids.

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

So colourful and tasty. Curry's, soups, veg stews, oven roasted, and meat replacements like quorn.. I use lots of different kinds of beans and throw them in. Anyway, if you do give it a try, enjoy and good luck :-)

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
28 Oct 2015

And today's! Lol. Ruby's eggs, (my eight year old has a chicken, we only use her eggs) rice milk, spinach, oven baked tomatoes and mushrooms with onion rings, chopped peppers, garlic, onion, parsley and mushrooms :-P, and veggie sausage chopped and added to omelette

Lesley Paine
28 Oct 2015

Yes could never give up free range eggs... mmmmm!

Kayleigh O'Sullivan
29 Oct 2015

Ciaran Wood, I'm being helpful ha.



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