In a true barbecue-stopper of a moment, the WHO delivered a contentious pronouncement Tuesday, declaring processed meat to be carcinogenic to humans.
Placing processed meat in the same category as plutonium, the WHO said eating 50g (the equivalent of less than two slices of bacon) a day increased the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. In the same decree, issued by an IARC working group of 22 experts from 10 countries, the WHO said there was limited evidence that red meat was probably carcinogenic.
“These findings further support current public health recommendations to limit intake of meat” said IARC director Dr Christopher Wild.
But nutrition experts say there is merit to watching your meat intake.
No surprise that processed meat causes cancer. ADG body of evidence on all foods & diet-related health outcomes at https://t.co/3qBoKO8B4C
— Amanda Lee (@_Amanda_J_Lee_) October 26, 2015
The meat industry has already come out swinging, as has Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce (see above).
Dietary advice must be based on the objective body of evidence- not the personal views of conflicted commentators with vested interests. — Amanda Lee (@_Amanda_J_Lee_) October 26, 2015
The perfect icebreaker for your next barbie, eh.