The World Health Organization (WHO), came out with a report on cancer-causing processed meats, stating that such meats definitely can cause colorectal cancer. They have also stated that red meat in general “probably” causes cancers such as colon, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
Given that obesity is a risk factor for a number of different cancers, it is helpful to do all you can to decrease your risk.
Here are the five foods to avoid.
According to the IARC press release, “Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavor or improve preservation.”
According to the IARC, a little over the equivalent of one hot dog per day is enough to increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.
Beef jerky also falls into processed meat group and was listed as a specific example in the IARC press release as a processed meat that can cause cancer.
The IARC press release regarding the recent findings stated that IARC experts “considered more than 800 studies that investigated associations of more than a dozen types of cancer with the consumption of red meat or processed meat in many countries and populations with diverse diets.”
Sausage is another kind of processed meat that was given as an example in the IARC press release as being cancer-causing.
The IARC has stated that “each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.”
Ham is a processed meat that is not only carcinogenic due to its processed nature but has also been linked to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases because of its very high sodium content.
Other processed deli meats, such as pastrami, salami, pepperoni, and the like, present the same cancer-causing risk.
Corned beef was also one of the examples listed by the IARC as a processed meat linked to colorectal cancer.