Eating just one slice of bacon a day linked to higher risk of colorectal cancer, says study
I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s without any meat, fish, or poultry. My parents made that decision for us.
I started eating fish in college and now I consume fish, maybe once a week, but most of my protein is plant-based and supplemented with tofu, eggs, and tempeh.
I know this sounds extreme especially if you are eating meat often. But maybe I can change your mind.
CNN and other leading media outlets recently shared scientific research that concluded: "eating even a moderate amount of red or processed meat is linked with an increased risk of colorectal (colon or bowel) cancer."
According to the study, "people who ate 76 grams of red and processed meat per day -- that's in line with current guidelines and roughly the same as a quarter-pound beef burger -- had a 20% higher chance of developing colorectal cancer compared to others, who ate about 21 grams a day, the equivalent to one slice of ham, according to the research."
The study also concluded that processed meats such as sausage and bacon posed a bigger risk than red meat, with the risk of colorectal cancer rising 20% with every 25 grams of processed meat (roughly equivalent to a thin slice of bacon) people ate per day, and by 19% with every 50 grams of red meat (a thick slice of roast beef or the edible bit of a lamb chop).
The research found that another factor increasing the risk of colorectal cancer is alcohol.
On the upside, fiber from bread and breakfast cereal was linked with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer gets its name from the parts of the body it affects—the colon (large intestine or bowel) and the rectum. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon and/or the rectum. Colon cancer or rectal cancer are used depending on whether cancer starts in the colon or rectum.
According to the American Cancer Society, in the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, and around 51,020 deaths are expected to occur due to colorectal cancer in 2019.
Red and processed meat
This common cancer is preventable with screening (such as a colonoscopy).
The CNN article suggested "reducing red and processed meat by trying meat-free Mondays (#meatfreemondays), or recipes that use fresh chicken and fish." Not a bad idea to start.