WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A new report by the World Cancer Research Fund states that: Eliminating processed meats and alcohol from your diet may help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
- The WCRF recommends to significantly or completely cut back on processed meats, including bacon, hotdogs, and sausages.
- The report also includes alcohol as a possible cancer-causing agent.
The World Cancer Research Fund has a new recommendation to prevent cancer—stay away from processed meats and booze.
It is the third report from the WCRF’s Continuous Update Project, a continuing endeavor to update consumers about lifestyle habits that may be causing cancer, is out. The effort also provides a lot of recommendations for people who are finding ways to minimize their risk of getting cancer.
First, the WCRF recommends to considerably or totally cut back on processed meats consumption. That includes salami, hot dogs, sausages, and America’s favorite food: bacon.
According to the WCRF, these products have been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Unprocessed red meats, such as beef, pork, and lamb, may also be related to a higher risk of cancer, the WCRF added. The evidence, however, is not as strong, as these products provide protein, iron and B vitamins. The recommendation is to eat three weekly portions of unprocessed red meat, at the most, and “very little, if any, processed meat.”
The organization also named alcohol as “there is strong evidence that drinking alcohol is a cause of many cancers.” It has been associated with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, mouth, throat, liver, breast and colon.
Previous research has shown alcohol may actually help protect against kidney cancer. Some studies also suggest that drinking in moderation may prolong life and improve heart health. Moderate drinking is usually defined as no more than a drink per day for women or two per day for men.
But the WCRF asserts that “For cancer prevention, it’s best not to drink alcohol.”
Other recommendations included in the report are: maintaining a healthy body weight; staying physically active; eating plenty of whole grains, produce and beans, limiting intake of processed foods, fast food and sugary drinks; and avoiding high-dose dietary supplements, which do not appear to cut cancer risk and may, in some cases, increase it.
The report also mentions that breastfeeding may protect mothers against breast cancer.