The cancer research arm of World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, ham, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” this means eating red meat from any of the above have the tendency to cause cancer.
Red meat refers to all types of mammalian muscle meat, and includes the following:
So this meat when processed means that they have been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation.
The research agency sited examples of processed meat which includes hot dogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef.
On the other hand, non-processed poultry like fish, fresh chicken and turkey have long been recommended as good sources of protein, and options to replace red or processed meat in the diet.
The experts “concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent,” according to a press release issued today.
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