Sorry Bacon Lovers, Red Meat Could Be Causing Cancer
Vegetarians, it’s time to say “I told you so!” to all of your carnivorous friends. A new study says your meat-phobic, cow friendly ways may just save you from a plethora of cancers later in life.
There’s a common idea that avoiding carbs in favor of meats is the key to staying slender. Even the old food pyramid, which had pastas and cereals taking up the biggest chunk, is considered outdated. Carb-phobia has popularized high fat, low grain diets as the key to successful weightloss. Like, you can chow down on the hamburgers as long as you take off the bun. But like all food-fads of the past, new data has come to light that means that the Atkin’s mentality will finally be put to rest.
The World Health Organization evaluated 800 case studies and revealed that indulging in processed meats can lead to stomach and colon cancers. Even red meat, in general, could be cancer-causing. So yeah, it’s time to let the bacon obsession go.
And it’s not just your beloved breakfast bacon. Any meat that has been cured, smoked, or salted is considered “processed,” thus leading to a heightened risk for cancer. Dr. David Agus, one of the world’s leading cancer specialists and CBS News Medical Contributor, gave some tips for those of you who just can’t fathom living meat-free. “The key is what grandma used to say: moderation,” he told CBS. “Three and a half servings of regular meat per week appears to have no negative health consequences.”