WARNINGS FROM THE WHO (The World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization said a few days ago that eating processed meat such as sausages and ham causes cancer, while unprocessed red meat may also be carcinogenic.

The WHO’s cancer research unit now classifies processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” based on evidence from hundreds of studies.

The report revealed that as little as 2 slices of bacon can increase the risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer by 18%.      

The study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

Information linking high-meat consumption to certain cancers is not new. In his book The China Study, The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted, published in 2006, Dr. Colin Campbell, one of the giants in the field of nutrition science writes, “It has been recently noted that the same risk factors that promote colorectal cancer, a diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in animal foods and refined carbohydrates. . .”

In my book Forever Fit . . . I mention the dangers of eating charred and smoked foods grilled at high temperatures. I quote the Cancer Project, a Program of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Grilling can be healthy if the food you grill is not meat, chicken, pork, salmon or hamburgers.” All of these foods can produce the highest levels of cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines ((HCAs) when grilled at high heat for long periods of time. In January 2005, the federal government officially added HCAs to its list of known carcinogens.

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