World Health Organization: Bacon Causes Cancer?
So the latest contribution to the “is bacon bad for you” debate is in. The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the WHO, put processed meats including bacon, sausages, hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links.
The group also lambasted red meat, which the IARC classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weed killers. They estimate that each 50 gm (just under 2 ounces) serving of processed meat per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%, and that 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide can be linked to diets high in processed meat. This compares with about 1 million cancer deaths per year globally due to tobacco smoking and 600,000 deaths a year due to alcohol consumption.
Here at Bacon Today, we’re hardly surprised by these latest “findings” because they are too ridiculous to be even mildly surprising. If cigarettes and bacon are in the same group 1 list, then what accounts for the much higher number of cancer deaths per year compared to processed meat deaths per year?
Also, the “research” that these studies are based on is biased and inconclusive. The IARC relies on epidemiological studies, which means the researchers keep track of a large population of meat eaters, gauge how much meat they consume and then check their health over time. But these studies don’t take into consideration the other factors that contribute to their health, like their environment, stress levels, if they’re smokers vs. non-smokers or how much alcohol they consume.
This news won’t affect our bacon, sausage and beef consumption, and we doubt it will affect our fellow bacon lovers, either. When you think how things like wine, tomatoes, coffee, onions and SUNLIGHT have also been linked to cancer, what else can you do but roll your eyes while eating a bacon-wrapped steak with a glass of cabernet while working on your tan? In other bacon news, Maple Bacon pop tarts will debut in December. It’s just business as usual, bacon fans.