Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WHO: Cancer Causing Food Includes Bacon, hotdog, ham, red meat, sausage, cold cuts, and other processed meat

World Health Organization cancer, cancer causing food

World Health Organization warn the public about eating too much cancer causing food, included on their list are Bacon, hotdog, ham, sausage, cold cuts, and other processed meat (corned beef, luncheon meat, beef jerky, beefloaf). Also included on the list are read meat (beef, pork, veal, mutton, horse and goat), specially if they are cooked in high temperatures or pan-fried since it releases higher amounts of chemicals that can cause colon and stomach cancers.

WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, placed processed meat in the same category as smoking or asbestos that has a confirmed link in causing cancer.

When a meat are cooked in direct contact with a flame or at high temperatures the meat produces carcinogens. The study also suggest that daily consumption of 1.75 ounces (50 gram) of processed meat can increase the risk of developing a colorectal cancer by 18%

However, according to other food like fish and poultry that are cooked using high-temperature methods (pan-fried or grilling) especially above 300ºF can also form Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Through experiments it has been found that, HCAs and PAHs are mutagenic that is, they cause changes in DNA that may increase the risk of cancer.

WHO statement about the link between processed meat and colorectal cancer

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