Why You Need to Avoid Processed Meats
Processed meat has been proven to increase your risk of bowel cancer (also called colorectal cancer)*
Although this fact is not well known by many Australians, it is broadly reported on many reputable websites
Have a read for yourself…
World Cancer Research Fund – To reduce your cancer risk, …avoid processed meats such as ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs and some sausages.
Bowel Cancer Australia – The study, which followed 37,698 men and 83,644 women for up to 28 years, found red meat was associated with an increased risk of deaths from all causes, cancer deaths and deaths from cardiovascular disease.
The risk was particularly high for people who regularly consumed processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, sausages and salamis.
Cancer Council Australia – The World Cancer Research Fund has found that the consumption of red meat and processed meat is convincingly associated with a modest increased risk of colorectal cancer. The risk is most associated with processed meats.
American Institute for Cancer Research – Recommendations for Cancer Prevention
5. Limit consumption of red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) and avoid processed meats.
To reduce your cancer risk, eat no more than 18 oz. (cooked weight) per week of red meats, like beef, pork and lamb, and avoid processed meat such as ham, bacon, salami, hot dogs and sausages.
Sydney Morning Herald – “the World Cancer Research Fund…estimate that around 10 per cent of bowel cancer is linked to processed meat”
Dr Neal Barnard – Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine – “Processed meat products are strongly linked to colorectal cancer”
*Did you know…
About 13,500 people develop bowel cancer in Australia each year and about 4000 die from it. It is the third most common cancer.