Cancer or no, is it really all that controversial to say you shouldn’t gorge yourself on bacon and hot dogs?
From the NationalPost.com
On Monday, the World Health Organization delivered a wallop on the unsuspecting general public: hot dogs cause cancer.
Other processed meats cause cancer, too, the study said. The report, a review of decades of research, also indicted that red meat probably causes cancer. The result of these findings is that both processed meat and red meat have now joined the WHO’s list of 478 carcinogens. Red meat will “probably” give you cancer, the WHO says; processed meat “definitely” will.
“I’ve read about red meat causing cancer a hundred times,” you may be thinking to yourself. “This isn’t news.” But the WHO study actually goes a step further than previous research that has implied a link between red meat consumption and cancer in a very significant way: it doesn’t imply a link at all, but rather, infers causality. Put more simply, the word “cause” sets this study apart, and it’s the word “cause” that landed red meat and processed meat products on the WHO’s list of, well, cancer-causers. This is a big deal if you’re a cattle rancher, a butcher, a restaurant owner or a senior executive at Better Beef. Of if you just like bologna and steak.
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