Hate to say it, but you might want to put down that big, beautiful breakfast sandwich. An alarming new report from cancer experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared bacon, ham, sausage, jerky, and other processed meats as carcinogenic to humans, saying your favorite meats could lead to stomach, colon, and other cancers.
Basically, world health officials now classify processed meats at the same level of danger to humans as cigarettes, which is... terrifying.
Specifically, scientists from the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer found that each 50g portion of processed meats -- anything smoked, cured, or salted -- you eat every day increases your risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. The agency, in line with previous public health recommendations, suggests limiting your meat intake. Obviously, that's easier said than done because bacon, you know, tastes like bacon.
“For an individual, the risk of developing colorectal cancer because of their consumption of processed meat remains small, but this risk increases with the amount of meat consumed,” Dr. Kurt Straif, Head of the IARC Monographs Programme, said in a press release. “In view of the large number of people who consume processed meat, the global impact on cancer incidence is of public health importance.”