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  • Processed meats do cause cancer - WHO

    Processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Its report said 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon - increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

    Meanwhile, it said red meats were "probably carcinogenic" but there was limited evidence.

    The WHO did stress that meat also had health benefits.

    Processed meat is meat that has been modified to increase its shelf-life or alter its taste - such as by smoking, curing or adding salt or preservatives.

    It is these additions which could be increasing the risk of cancer. High temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque, can also create carcinogenic chemicals.


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    Processed meat's cancer link unlikely to change habits, experts say

    If you love a good steak or can't imagine eggs without bacon, then a recent WHO report on the cancer connection to processed and red meats probably gave you pause.

    Maybe it even moved you to put down your fork.

    But while the World Health Organization report is certainly attention-grabbing, nutrition and food marketing experts say it's unlikely to greatly change North American consumption habits.

    "When you look at food scares in general, certainly there's always an immediate impact, because it's not appetizing to read about this," says Andreas Boecker, a professor in the food science department at the University of Guelph, who studies consumer response to food-related risks.