Would cancer risk put you off processed meats? Take our poll! 259



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This morning, Australia’s food lovers woke up to disturbing news: processed meats are bad for us – right up there with smoking.

But what does this actually change for you?

Today we’d like to ask the Starts at 60 community: does this actually make you rethink your diet? Would you genineuly cut down on salami? Eliminate sausages entirely? Or is life too short to live without bacon?

Take the poll below:

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Thankfully, few are seriously suggesting we cut it out of our diets entirely.

“No-one’s proposing that we ban bacon, put warnings on hot dogs or take beef off the barbie”, says Professor Bernard Stewart, Chief Scientific Advisor for Cancer Council Australia, who led the study.

“But this WHO review provides compelling evidence that the long-term consumption of red meat and/or processed meat increases your risk of cancer”.

Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton added a little further perspective.

“No one doubts that red meat is a nutritious food. Nor is there any nutritional reason to remove it from the diet,” she said.

However, in accordance with Australian Dietary Guidelines, she  recommend limiting fresh red and processed meat to approximately 450g a week.

Processed meat, on the other hand, has been reclassified as a “discretionary” food: something that isn’t essential to our nutrition, and should only be considered occasionally by those in good health.

The World Health Organisation said 34,000 cancer deaths a year worldwide were attributable to diets high in processed meats.

How do you feel about this discovery? Is it enough to make you change your diet?



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  1. Eat anything you want that is edible and won’t kill you on the spot in moderation, life is to short to not enjoy what you want.

  2. Please do your readers a huge favour and stop reporting very very very bad science…. http://www.zoeharcombe.com/2015/10/world-health-organisation-meat-cancer/

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  3. A high consumption of processed meats increases your chance of bowel cancer from an average value of 61 in 1000 to 66 in 1000. Don’t let the stats freak you out.

  4. hahahaha. i will take heed when someone interviews the aged. which of course are a burden on society for living so long. Darn it all we were all bought up on these meats. BUT i do believe that the toxic additives that now abound could do some damage. take a few of those out and we can all get back to meat and 3 veg. ooops Veg is covered in toxins too.

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  5. There was a time when butter…BUTTER was bad and margarine was good, you all remember that? There is a bigger agenda going on here. Everything in moderation! All of my vegan friends are long gone. I think the GMO in vegetables is more of a problem.

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