Bye Bye Bacon: World Health Organization Says Processed Meat On Par With Smoking, Arsenic

Sorry to break this to you, carnivores, but you may want to put down that Double 'N' Cheese Steakburger.

According to the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, processed meats including bacon, sausages and ham - definitely do cause cancer. Just a daily serving of 50g of processed meat - less than two slices of delicious bacon! - increases your likelihood of colorectal cancer by 18%.

According to the Telegraph, the carcinogenic effects of processed meat were ranked alongside smoking, alcohol and arsenic.

IARC Head of Research Interpretation Dr Rachel Thompson told the Telegraph, "Red meat can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet, as it is a good source of nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12."

"Processed meat on the other hand has less valuable nutrients and can be high in fat and salt."

Mmm, fat and salt. But seriously, this new data is a good incentive to cut down, or at least swap out red meet for tofu, chicken, or fish a few times a week.

Of course, if you don't want to live in this cruel, baconless world, you can always drown your sorrows in one of these.

h/t The Telegraph

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