Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Processed Meats Cause Cancer, Says the U.N. Report

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The cancer research section of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations Organization, reported on October 26, has determined that "the consumption of processed meats like hotdogs, sausages and meat-based sauces causes colorectal cancer, while eating red meat like beef, pork and lamb is 'probably carcinogenic to humans,' " reports the UN News Centre in New York. 

The report also says, "After receiving the accumulated scientific literature, a working group of 22 experts from 10 countries convened by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), processed meat was classified as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer." 

It further says, "Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood."

The agency said "examples of processed meat include hotdogs, or frankfurters, ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky, as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces." 

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