Probably, everyone of us know that processed food, such as processed meats, is dangerous for our health.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency to the World Health Organization, now classifies processed meat as a carcinogen. They found that processed meat like bacon and hot dogs cause cancer. They also stated that red meat is “probably carcinogenic”. (1)
What Exactly is Processed Meat?
When the meat is undergo a process of preservation such as, smoking, canning, freezing or they have had chemicals added to them, it is considered to be processed. For example, processed meats are hot dogs, chicken nuggets and packaged lunch meats.
Are We All Going to Die?
The World Health Organization has classified the processed meat as a carcinogen, but it doesn’t mean that we are going to die if we eat one hot dog. The fact is simple: the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed.
According to the statistics, the risk of getting colon cancer increases by 18% if you consume a 50 grams of processed meat each day – the equivalent of two slices of ham or one hot dog. (2)
Children who eat 12 or more hot dogs in a month have more risk of developing various forms of cancer especially leukemia, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. (3)
Should We All Go Vegan?
No, we don’t. But, we should cut the meat from our diet as much as we can! It is best to limit the consumption of processed meat and start eating an organic non-red meats.
Is it Bad a Little Processed Meat?
It is very important how the processed meat is prepared, how the animals are raised and what they are fed.
In the video below are explained 15 facts about processed meat. It is produced by BuzzFeed and highlights some very disturbing facts about what exactly businesses are allowed to do to your food.
Did you know that it’s legal to have four rodent hairs in every 100 grams of processed meat you buy? That’s four rodent hairs in less than half a cup of meat!
The Bottom Line
The World Health Organization is suggesting you to avoid processed meat as much as you can. Stick to a basic diet of healthy fruits and vegetables along with meat obtained from reliable sources.
You should consume a meat from local farmers where you know that animal was raised in a healthy and humane environment.