If you've opened your iPad today, filled on the TV or turned on a radio, it's impossible to miss the report on the World Health Organization's finding on processed meats and red meat. Shocker: They're lousy for us.
Processed meats--salted and cured meats like hot dogs, bacon and sausages--now rank up there (or should I say down there?) with cigarettes as a carcinogen, identifying them as a clear risk for cancer. Red meat has not been labeled as dangerous as processed meat, but has been identified as "possibly carcinogenic" with links to colorectal and pancreatic cancers.
This isn't news. For years, we've hear from studies that are not funded by the meat industry that processed and red meats are risk factors for cancer, but this report from the WHO carries extra weight (not unlike those who consume processed meats regularly).
So here's the big question: Will these findings change your dietary habits?