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Meatless Monday: World Health Organization study links processed meats to cancer

Sorry, bacon lovers. 

The World Health Organization says processed meat (like bacon and hot dogs) can cause cancer and red meats could “probably” cause cancer, according to NPR

According to a report from Kurt Straif of the International Agency for Cancer Research (IACR), red meat is linked to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer, USA Today reports. In the report, processed meat is labeled as a carcinogen, or something that could cause cancer.

Meat is processed through salting, curing, smoking, fermenting, or doing anything to increase flavor or the meat’s shelf life, according to USA Today. The IACR report looked at more than 800 studies linking different types of cancer to eating red or processed meat in different countries. 

The North American Meat Institute responded to the report by pointing out research that supports the health benefits of eating red meat, as well as the importance of diet and healthy lifestyle choices, NPR reports. 

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