Danger in food

2015-10-29 06:00

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a report stating that the regular eating of processed foods, such as sausages, bacon and even biltong, increases the risk of bowel cancer.

It also warned against too much red meat.

Eating processed meats like hot dogs, biltong, sausages or bacon can lead to bowel cancer in humans, WHO experts said.

The review by WHOput processed meat in its group 1 list, which also includes tobacco and asbestos, for which there is sufficient evidence of cancer links.

Meat industry groups rejected the findings as simplistic. Suppliers argue that meat provides essential protein, vitamins and minerals as part of a balanced diet.

“We have known for some time about the probable link between red and processed meat, and bowel cancer,” Prof. Tim Key of the Oxford University in the United Kingdom said in a statement from the Charity Cancer Research UK.

“Eating bacon every once in a while isn’t going to do much harm X having a healthy diet is all about moderation.”
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