You’ve probably heard by now that the World Health Organization recently released a study ruling that red and processed meats are most likely carcinogenic.
So now burgers, hot dogs, and even America’s favorite food, bacon, are in the same risk category as cigarettes and asbestos.
Vegetarians and vegans around the world responded with a resounding “I told you so,” while meat-eaters feared for their futures, wondering if they would be reduced to a life of tofu and salads.
But does this study actually condemn carnivores to a life without their favorite red meats? Experts say no. While it is wise to limit processed meat consumption, bacon addiction is not a guarantee for cancer later on.
In fact, alongside processed meats and cigarettes on the WHO’s list of carcinogens are sunlight and aloe vera, which obviously can both have positive health benefits, as can processed meats, when consumed in moderation.
So have no fear, meat eaters, you don’t need to put down that bacon or steak for fear of cancer.