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One Bacon A Day Leads To Colorectal Cancer, Study Reveals

Researchers revealed this week that eating bacon every day could lead to bowel cancer. Other red or processed meat found to generate the same harm to the body is a slice of ham or a quarter-pound beef burger.

A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology claimed that eating bacon and other red meats on a daily basis increases the risk of bowel cancer. Previous studies already indicated that consumption of red and processed meat has dramatically increased since the 1990s. The researchers used intake as a measurement of the adverse effects of consuming processed meat like bacon to the body.

It was found that people who ate these types of meat at least four times a week had a 20 percent increased risk of colorectal cancer. Those who ate them only twice a week were less susceptible to the disease.

As per NHS, adults who eat 90 grams of red or processed meat a day also increased the risk. This amount equates to a quarter-pound beef burger. The same goes for eating a slice of ham which is equivalent to 21 grams per day.

It is advised that you should only eat 70 grams a day to reduce your susceptibility to bowel cancer. Deputy director at the University of Oxford’s cancer epidemiology unit and co-author of the study Tim Key also said that a small amount of processed meat has the same effect as large amounts thereof. In fact, the World Health Organization claimed that there is sufficient evidence that points to the carcinogenic effect of meat like bacon on humans.

In the United States, colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers that caused 51,020 deaths in 2019, as per Cancer.Org. Associate professor in nutrition and health at the University of Reading Dr. Gunter Kuhnle commented on the results of the study. He said that it confirmed prior findings of processed meat as carriers of cancer-causing agents associated with regular consumption.

As per Healthline, bacon is soaked in salt and nitrates. Eating a lot of bacon, which is generally salty, raises your blood pressure and increases the risk of stomach cancer, as well. The nitrates also transform into nitrosamines when cooked and they are also carcinogens. Every piece of bacon also amounts to 100 grams which is above the recommended daily dosage of processed meat.