As we all know, the beginning of this week brought forward the frenzied news that it will give us cancer, but experts are now saying we should be relaxed about processed meat.
- The study might be correct, but it’s not a black or white type of situation
- Two major points have been misunderstood
So, unless you’ve lived under a rock this whole week, there has been a whole heated debate about whether processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs and other of the sort are a cause of cancer. And also, probably red meats.
The World Health Organization announced on Monday that hams, sausages and red meat cause colon and other types of cancer. The study was massive, they say. 22 researchers from the World Health Organization, evaluated more than 800 studies from several continents regarding the relationship between meat and cancer. Cohorts of people were studied and the time period was of 20 years. Wow! Now that’s a study!
However, barely a week has passed since then and already someone is attacking the study. Experts are now saying we should be relaxed about processed meat. They also say that there have been misunderstandings regarding what the WHO has released to the press as results of their study.
So, to put it into few words, there are two major points from the WHO results that have sparked the most worries: First of all, their study categorizes meat as a Group I carcinogen. For us to understand a little better what that means, it’s enough said that cigarettes are in the same category. Therefore, we cannot help but feel maybe they’ve exaggerated a little. Smoking is the cause of 90 per cent of all lung diseases and seems far more serious and deadly than meat.
The second point regards the actual cancer risk when it comes to processed meat. Well, the report said that if you eat a couple of sausages every day (50 grams of processed meat), your risk of getting colon cancer will increase by 18 per cent.
Now, what scientists say is that, although possibly true, it is a relative truth, not an absolute truth. This means that it is not a certain fact you will develop cancer if you eat 50 grams of processed meat every day, but that you are more likely, by 18 per cent, to develop it at some point.
So there you have it. Merely one week later, the WHO’s staggering study results have been debunked. Time to go eat some sausages now! Or maybe do some sport?