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The World Health Organization Says Bacon Causes Cancer
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We already told you that the World Health Organization (WHO) was planning to tell the world that bacon and other processed meats come with some pretty awful side effects — like cancer — and on Monday morning, they finally did it.
In its report, the organization revealed that 50 grams of processed meat per day — less than two slices of bacon — increases the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent.
The problem with the meats is the ways in which they are modified — such as curing, smoking or adding preservatives, says WHO. When people eat processed meats, they’re also ingesting these additives, which can have a negative impact on their health in the long run.
For now, the organization has placed processed meat in the same carcinogen category as plutonium, the BBC reported. Learn more about what’s in the report — and the accompanying reactions — at The Guardian.