Red Meat Does Not Cause Cancer, Your Eating Habits Do

The World Health Organization released a report stating that processed meat causes cancer, but before you throw away half of the contents in your refrigerator, it’s important to evaluate the results of this study.

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The study shows, just like many other studies in the past, that eating both processed and red meat in excessive quantities puts you at a higher risk for cancer, especially colon and breast cancer.

For example, someone who eats 100 grams of red meat a day raises their risk of colon cancer by 17%. There is no safe amount of meat to eat. This is why it’s important to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. People who eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables will lower their risk of cancer, but won’t eliminate it.

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Red meats under the radar include beef, pork, veal, and lamb, as well as processed meats like bacon, ham, hotdogs and sausage. The keyword of the study is “how often” because your risk increases if you eat these meats every single day.