Hearing this news the first time felt like the end of the world.
The cancer agency of the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, confirmed on Monday, October 26, that eating red and processed meat causes cancer. Yep, that includes everyone's beloved bacon.
It's a sad day for meat lovers, indeed, after experts found out "sufficient evidence" proving that each 50 gram portion of processed meat—such as hot dogs and ham—consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent.
And since we're not dieticians who can talk in detail about this food predicament, here's an infographic by TIME expounding on this rather depressing development:
That last figure—34,000—certainly didn't help.
Most news outfits have already reported about this heartbreaker. One website, Salon, interviewed a health researcher who downplayed the "hyped" dread over this dietary update.
"Everyone seems to love bacon so it’s a great starting point," University of Edmonton health analyst Timothy Caulfield points out about the considerable attention the issue is getting. "There have been some conflicting stories about bacon and red meat in general and its health value. What I think this [study] allegedly does—they looked at over 800 studies and tried to come to some kind of consensus about the actual risks associated with cancer. That’s why it’s gotten so many headlines."
He thinks the real essence of the report is more of "moderation," saying, "Eat healthy, eat in moderation, whenever possible try to eat real food."
While we might have to control our obsession with these scrumptious pork strips, it's good to know that we don't have to give it up completely.