It is time to look at some facts. The latest edict handed down by The World Health Organization is causing a great lot of agitation and confusion. The general public tends to take what “World,” “National,” “Global,” and “US” organizations write and then disseminate (word for word) as gospel. When faced with information that potentially stands to change something as intimate as eating habits, some discernment is called for.
First let us determine what the WHO actually said. The organization DID NOT give us any dietary recommendations. The 22 scientists on the board looked at data from 800+ studies before concluding that they feel there is a link between eating red meat or processed meat (hot dogs, cold cuts) and some cancers. They then classified these meats as Class One human carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). It is noted that cigarettes and alcohol are in this same class.
It was found that there is a sugar molecule present in beef, lamb, bison, and pork that is not present in poultry, fish, fruits, and vegetables. It causes an immune response in humans as this sugar is not present in us either. The immune response is met with antibodies that the human host uses to fight foreign invaders causing inflammation. This inflammation, over time, is a known contributor to tumor growth. This translates in to the understanding that two pieces of bacon tomorrow at breakfast or a steak for dinner tonight are not likely to be the cause of your immediate demise. However, eating a breakfast with sausage, a BLT at lunch, and a bison steak for dinner every day of your life may have a negative impact on your health.
So how does one remain or get healthy? It has been long recommended that a daily diet consisting of vegetables/fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and tofu, fish, poultry, and eggs, a serving or two of dairy, and eaten sparingly, red and processed meat is a good one. Limiting salt, butter, refined grains, and sugary drinks is also recommended as wise choices. Exercise is now listed as a basic and fundamental part of a human’s daily diet. It is necessary to maintaining and regulating the body one is born into. The only foods considered to be unnecessary, and, therefore, to be avoided are those containing trans-fat from partially hydrogenated oils. This list of foods includes margarine, deep fried anything, shortening, microwave popcorn, frosting, and crackers.
In conclusion, a person can discern that eating a diet predominantly high in red and processed meats has been shown to cause an inflammatory response by the human body. Further, this inflammatory response, if chronic, has been shown to contribute to the growth of certain cancerous tumors. By limiting our intake of processed and red meats, avoiding partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat), and increasing the intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, seeds, nuts, and water one can eat lunch without worrying whether or not their food could be causing them to develop cancer.