For the first time, WHO (World Health Organization) puts food on the list of causes to cancer. Meat just entered the list of carcinogens where we already find tobacco, alcohol, arsenic and different kinds of radiation.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, evaluated the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.
The result of their evaluation of red meat shows strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect. Yet, they will look for more evidence for the cause of cancer in humans. Red meat includes all types of mammalian muscle meat, such as beef, pork, lamb, and horse.
Based on this, they currently recommend not to eat to much of it.
On WHO’s counsel for cancer prevention you can now read:
“Diets high in fruits and vegetables may have a protective effect against many cancers. Conversely, excess consumption of red and preserved meat may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. In addition, healthy eating habits that prevent the development of diet-associated cancers will also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Through their investigation, IARC also found associations with other kinds of cancer such as pancreatic and prostate cancer.
The evidence for the link between eating processed meat and cancer is clear. Processed meat is that which has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking. This means you should stay away from eating hot dogs, bacon, and ham.
800 studies that looked at a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat was considered in the studies. The most influential evidence came from large prospective cohort studies conducted over the past 20 years.
Only a week ago, we reported from a study that linked diary products with breast cancer.
Science has again taken another big step in the direction of discovering the plant based diet, which was given by God in the beginning:
“And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Genesis 1:29)