The WHO implicates the consumption of cold cuts and red meat in the development of certain cancers.
This is not the first time that deli meats and red meat have been singled out and accused of promoting certain cancers. But this is the first time that the World Health Organization (WHO) has gotten involved and published a shocking report. This report confirms that “red meat consumption is probably carcinogenic to humans”. And that “charcuterie is classified as carcinogenic.” According to this same document, “experts conclude that the consumption of 50 grams of deli meats every day increases the risk of cancer by 18%”. “This is a low risk that could be associated with the risk of lung cancer for passive smokers, for example.“, relativizes Dr. Kurt Straif, of the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
“It is a chemical reaction in the intestine that leads to cell DNA damage.“, explains nutrition doctor Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault. Dried, salted, smoked meat is mainly targeted because it often contains flavor enhancers and preservatives. But also bacon or burgers… “Yes, you have to be careful in terms of health, but no, there is no need to panic“, declares the Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll. The French remain among the biggest consumers of meat with 86 kg per person per year, twice as much as the world average.