Research Finds Link Between Bacon and Cancer
Before I got pregnant, I was mildly obsessed with bacon. And then the strangest thing happened- in my second trimester, just looking at a picture of bacon made me sick. While I don't get violently ill by simply looking at bacon anymore, my appetite for it has decreased substantially and it's probably a good thing.
The World Health Organization released a new report on Monday and I'll tell you what- it's definitely frying up some bad news for bacon (and sausage) lovers.
The report suggests that eating processed meat can cause bowel cancer and equally terrifying, findings in this report put foods like hot dogs and ham in a category with tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes.
This isn't a conclusion the WHO just came up with overnight. This is based on years of research on the link between red meat, processed meat and cancer.
The WHO's research suggests that eating 100 grams of red meat eat day might increase the risk of bowel cancer by 17%, while eating 50 grams of processed meat (which is less than two strips of bacon) daily raises the risk 18%.
Obviously, meat industry groups are arguing that the research is inadequate so it'll be interesting to see what other studies have to say.