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Can Eating Bacon Really Cause Cancer?

Oh no!!!
Can Eating Bacon Really Cause Cancer? Oh no!!!

Just when you were salivating over the thought of having bacon for breakfast comes this not-so-shocking revelation from World Health Organization. In a recent report, it says that consuming 50 grams of processed meat a day increases the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. That's basically two slices of bacon!

So does this signal the end of happy bacon-eating days? Not really. Despite the statement, Cancer Research UK advises that instead of completely giving up on eating meat (whether processed or red), one ought to focus on limiting the portions that they consume instead. Though, haven't we all known this for quite some time now?

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If you can't eat it, wear it. Right, Gaga?

You see, red meat (pork, beef, and lamb) does have its nutritional values. They're a good source of iron, vitamin B12, and zinc. And while it's cool to totally avoid it, meat consumption won't hurt either. But in the case of processed meat, the chemicals added in the process (high-temperature cooking, smoking, etc.) could contribute in increasing the risk of cancer.

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Hey, don't look so glum! According to research, only six out of 100 people in the UK are diagnosed with colon cancer. So let's say all of them added extra three to four slices of bacon to their daily diets, the statistic would increase by 18%, adding one person to that list of diagnosed patients. Bad, yes, but we've seen worse things. 

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Keep calm, and look away.

That said, it won’t hurt to ask that guy at Subway to double the meat on your sandwich once in a while. Just don’t do it too often, or worse, make it a daily habit. A statement from the Meat Advisory Panel says, “Avoiding red meat in the diet is not a protective strategy against cancer.” Instead, what we ought to be focusing on is cutting down on smoking and alcohol consumption, and maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.

Moral of the story: Watch what you eat and make healthy choices!

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