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Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

A study in Sweden suggests that eating processed meat such as bacon and sausage increases the chance of getting pancreatic cancer.


BBC News – Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’:

They said eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person’s risk by 19%.
. . .
Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.
. . .
Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.
Prof Larsson said: “Pancreatic cancer has poor survival rates. So as well as diagnosing it early, it’s important to understand what can increase the risk of this disease.”
She recommended that people eat less red meat.

I know as the report says the study is controversial, and I won’t suggest to have a vegan diet.  However, a good rule to have a healthy diet and thus a healthy life is to avoid processed food (or processed food-like substances) if possible.  Most processed food is laden with saturated fats, sodium, sugar, additives, and preservatives.  Processed food often contains little to no nutritional value because the process often destroys most nutrients.

Eat healthy and stay healthy,
KKai / 014

2 responses to “Processed meat ‘linked to pancreatic cancer’

  1. KKai Orkut January 15, 2012 at 09:21

    Hello, MissLynee

    Yes, you are right. :)
    There wasn’t any new information, and it was good to know the basic principles remained.
    The study was controversial because it only showed the positive correlation between processed meat and pancreatic cancer. It will be great if a future study finds the exact chemical element(s) that trigger(s) the cancer cells.

    Like many people I like bacon, but I rarely eat it, and the last time I ate bacon was probably months ago. However, another good principle is to eat anything in moderation, so I think it is probably (yes probably :P) okay to have a few pieces of bacon once a week.

    Btw, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  2. misslynne10 January 14, 2012 at 22:53

    I read this article when it first came out. It wasn’t much of a surprised, as anything that is processed before it gets to your mouth is usually unhealthy. But it is interesting that it triggers a specific cancer.
    I’m definitely going to miss my bacon.

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