Bad News: Bacon Is Just as Likely to Give You Cancer as Smoking
Bad news for bacon lovers everywhere: bacon and other processed meats may pose just as much of a risk of causing cancer as cigarettes do.
Scientists from 10 countries agreed that eating processed meats — smoked, salted, cured, fermented, or preserved with chemicals — increases the chances of developing bowel cancer. They called these foods — which include not only bacon but ham, pastrami, salami, hot dogs, and many sausages — “carcinogenic to humans.” Non-processed red meat, the group said, was also a probable carcinogen.
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer revealed to The Daily Mail that there are 150,000 deaths each year in the U.K. linked to meat consumption.