Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the findings of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
The IARC’s report was on meat consumption in connection to cancer. The IARC put together 22 cancer and health experts from 10 different countries.
The report classified processed meat as a carcinogen to humans. That means that eating processed meats like hot dogs or beef jerky is bad. I don’t know how many people need to be told this, but we do live in a world full of deniers. People are also often stubborn to change, and will use denial as a protection and deterrent from questioning themselves or their chosen lifestyles. Let’s cut the bullshit, processed meat causes cancer people, accept it and make a decision.
cut the bullshit, processed meat causes cancer people, accept it and make a decision
The next thing the report classified is red meat, which was said to be probably carcinogenic to humans. Red meat was referred to as any mammal muscle, such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat. This is by no means the first study on meat and it’s connection to cancers, check out The China Study by Thomas Campbell.
The report focused on meat consumption and colon cancer, but states, “associations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer.”
One thing that is quite interesting about the report is it’s connection of colon cancer to processed meat. It tied the consumption of 50 grams (daily) to an 18% increase in risk of getting colon cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2012 Americans consumed 71.2 pounds of red meat. That equates to about 88.5 grams of meat per day. Now that’s red meat, but the sheer amount of meat consumed in the USA is gluttonously high.
The IARC report is just another one on the pile of continuously mounting evidence that our diets are important to our health. What we eat either helps or hurts us. We know now that processed meat and red meat is hurting us. The choices are to accept these facts and make a change or resist change and make the decision to live in denial. Make the choice for your health, for the environment and for the animals.
For a look at the IARC report, we have a copy here for you to read or download.
If you’re looking for cooking options as you move away from meat, check out The China Study Cookbook,
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