According to newest research, processed meat can dramatically increase cancer rates among men and women who consume it in larger quantities.
The World Health Organization warned about the dangers of processed meats such as hotdogs, bacon and sausages. Namely, these foods increase the risk of cancer just like smoking cigarettes does.
In their report published by The Guardian, they cite a research where they focus on the dangers of processed meat by placing bacon, ham, sausages and burgers on its list of cancer-causing substances. Even red meat found its place on the list.
“The Continuous Update Project Panel judged that there was convincing evidence that consuming red meat, processed meat and alcoholic drinks (men); body fatness, abdominal fatness and adult attained height increase the risk of colorectal cancer,” was noted by the World Cancer Research Fund.
The evidences that the Cancer Research UK has against processed meat have been building for decades.
Many researches done in the past years have shown the link between processed meat and increased risk of colorectal cancer and the World Health Organization has reviewed more than 800 epidemiological studies to make its determination.
“WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies processed meat — meat altered through salting, curing, fermenting or smoking — as a Group 1 carcinogen,” reports Science News. “This group of cancer-causing agents also includes smoking and asbestos. The ranking means there’s convincing evidence linking the modified meats to colorectal cancer, evidence as strong as that linking smoking to cancer.”
One website reported further that hotdogs were among the worst of processed meats, when it comes to an increased cancer link.
“Hot dogs are usually made from chicken, beef and pork meat, but the production process involves adding animal remains such as legs, claws, skin and fat. … Additives such as corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, salt and many others are added to improve the flavor, which differs from country to country. The worst part about the flavors is that monosodium glutamate and carmine flavors are derived from the shells of tiny bugs that are boiled in sodium carbonate and ammonia!” was stated in the website.
Furthermore, the site states that the ingredients of the hot dogs made by dome brands are vaguely labeled.
These foods can also increase the risk of prostate cancer by 67%.
“Processed meat almost always contains additives such as nitrites and nitrates, hazardous substances which have been proven to increase the risk of stomach, pancreatic, bladder and bowel cancer. As the American Institute For Cancer Research claims, only a single hot dog daily can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%,” the site noted.