Thursday, April 03, 2008

'Sausage a day' Ups Cancer Risk 20%

A single serving of processed meat (like sausage, bacon, ham or hot dogs) can boost your risk of colon cancer by 20 percent. This according to a World Cancer Research Fund (WCF) study, and reported by the Daily Mail, which noted, "The sobering statistic adds to growing evidence that too much meat in the diet can be deadly."

But not all meat is so risky. It's processed meats that are heavily salted or treated with chemicals that are most dangerous. The processing boosts levels of carcinogens knows as "N-nitroso compounds."

One WCF science advisor referred to processed meat consumption like smoking a cigarette. "The evidence is that whether you are talking about bacon, ham or pastrami, the safest amount to eat is none at all."

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