Words: Lucy Moon
The humble bacon sandwich – our go-to Sunday morning saviour and the only light at the end of our hangover tunnel after a few too many G&T’s, is said to be as harmful as smoking in causing cancer.
Noooo!!! Please say it isn’t true…
According to The World Health Organisation, unfortuantley it is – sad times.
The organisation has today declared that processed meats, including bacon, sausages and ham, rank alongside cigerettes as a major cause of cancer, placing it in the same catagory as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco. The report from the WHO’s cancer arm, The International Agency For Research on Cancer believe there is enough evidence to rate processed meats as group 1 carcinogens (cancer causers).
It’s report said that 50g processed meat a day increased the chance of colorectal cancer by 18%. It estimated that 34,000 deaths a year could be attributed to diets high in processed meat. However The World Heath Organisation did say meat has it’s health benefits, beef, lamb and pork “can form part of a healthy diet” and red meat is ‘a good source of protein and provides vitamins and minerals, iron and zinc”. Processed meats are modified, undergoing processes such as smoking or curing and it’s these modifications that are what could be increasing their risk of causing cancer.
So, it seems the odd hungover bacon sandwich probs won’t do you too much harm and isn’t all bad but perhaps just alternate it with that oh-so-healthy bowl of porridge…