The World Health Organization Says Bacon And Processed Meat Is As Bad For You As Cigarettes

You are officially excused from giving a tinker’s damn what the World Health Organization says ever again.

Bacon, burgers and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, global health chiefs warned today.

A new World Health Organisation report has classified processed meat as carcinogenic alongside arsenic and asbestos.

Officials said just 50g of processed meat a day – less than one sausage – increases the risk of bowel cancer by almost a fifth.

The report also classified red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic’ – one rank below – but added that it had some nutritional benefits.

Experts are now urging the public to avoid processed meat where possible and to have a bean salad for lunch rather than a BLT.

Dr Kurt Straif from the WHO said: ‘For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal (bowel) cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed.’

Red meat does have nutritional value too and is a major source of protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12 which protect the immune system.

 

A bean salad, they said.

Here’s our response to this crap: bacon is good for the body and soul, and particularly for the mind.

And we can prove it. Here, look at this…

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