Colon Cancer risk increases when we eat processed meat

Colon Cancer risk, colon cancer, processed meat, colorectal cancer

The WHO (World Health Organization) has stated that the consumption of processed meat is strongly not recommendable due to the risk to have colon cancer. Since years, a group of researchers have been working on the consumption of processed meat and its impact in the body and after a few years of research, they came to the conclusion that this type of food belongs to Group 1 (type of food with enough evidence that can cause colorectal cancer), this means that it is proven without reasonable doubts that processed meat can increase the risk to have colon or colorectal cancer.

Colon Cancer risk, colon cancer, processed meat, colorectal cancer
According to the researchers, a daily consumption of 50 grams of processed meat can increase the risk of having colorectal cancer up to 18%. Processed meat includes those that are tinned, also in a form of sausages, some type of cured meat, sauces that includes meat and other products which are produced with pork, beef or other type of red meat or even poultry meat.

The origin of this type of food and its production are the factors which make processed meat a risky ingredient in the diet to provoke cancer, apart from other chemical and artificial products. The animals that represent a raw material to obtain this type of meat are undergoing artificial fattening processes with hormones and other elements which will be absorbed by our body.

Colon Cancer risk, colon cancer, processed meat, colorectal cancer

Therefore, we recommend a balanced and healthy diet based on natural products such as vegetables, cereal, fruit, legumes and fish (preferably blue) and other food with high content of nutrients for our body. The Mediterranean Diet is a particular example which is highly recommended because it’s healthy and balanced.

Sources:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/cancer-red-meat/es/

http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias/2015/10/151026_salud_consumo_carne_procesadas_cancer_de_colon_mes

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