In a recent study put out by the American Cancer Society, it has been discovered that red meat is a carcinogen. What does that mean? Red meats such as bacon, hot dogs, sausages, deli meats etc. cause cancer. An incredibly shocking discovery, the ACS claims that such red meats increase the risk of colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is a type of colon cancer having to do the development of cancerous polyps, or a cell that releases mucus and other vital fluids in the colon. However, colorectal cancer can be cured by removing cancerous polyps. But how does this all effect you?
There is no need to go vegetarian yet! According to the study, processed meats are carcinogenic and are ranked in the same category of cancer risks with smoking tobacco. However, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, cancer risk increases with the amount of meat that is consumed. This is more a matter of moderation than elimination of consumption. Susan Gapstur of the American Cancer Society recommends, "consuming a healthy diet with an emphasis on plant foods and limiting consumption of processed meat and red meat."It is also recommended by the ACS that meat should be prepared by broiling or baking rather than frying to avoid the development of more carcinogens.
There is no need to panic, processed meats are fine in moderation. As long as one maintains a healthy and balanced diet, the occasional strip of bacon will not cause cancer. It is however important to keep in mind that eating meat has little to no health benefits. For more information on healthy alternatives for processed meats, check out this CNN article.