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Can Bacon Cause Cancer?


by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Popular food may be worse than originally thought
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about bacon causing cancer over social media and the news. Bacon is popular around the world. One slice of bacon has “41 calories, a total of 3 grams of fat, 9 milligrams of cholesterol, and 188
milligrams of sodium,” stated from the nutrition data web site. There is reason to believe that bacon causes cancer but there are two views on this subject. There has been a lot of research done to show the link between bacon and cancer.
“Processed meat like sausages, bacon, ham, pastrami, corned beef, beef jerky, chorizo etc. was most strongly linked to bowel cancer but there was also an association with stomach cancer,” stated from the worldwide cancer research
web site.
It goes on to recommend a way that people can prevent themselves from cancer. “It is recommended that people only eat red and processed meat in moderation, a few times a week at the most. Enjoy it as part of a healthy, balanced diet alongside plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat,” continues from the worldwide cancer research website.
That is just half of the issue of bacon causing cancer while to the North American Meat Institute, it isn’t.
“The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) said a vote by an International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Monograph panel classifying red and processed meat as cancer “hazards” defies both common sense and numerous studies showing no correlation between meat and cancer and many more studies showing the many health benefits of balanced diets that include meat.
Scientific evidence shows cancer is a complex disease not caused by single foods and that a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle choices are essential to good health,” according to the North American Meat Meat Institute website. In conclusion, bacon may cause cancer but in high amounts of intake.