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IN Health & Fitness ON 17 Nov, 2015
If you are updated with the latest happenings around the world, a distressing report about bacon has surfaced.
The WHO released a report suggesting a connection between processed meat and a certain kinds of cancers.
The World Health Organisation has rated these meats, including Bacon, as Group-1 carcinogens, i.e., highly carcinogenic.
This report is being heard of in the social media, which says processed meat is highly carcinogenic.
Accompanying bacon in its category, are cigarettes and asbestos.
There a few crucial points to consider when analysing the story.
First is, the WHO has a fairly low threshold and high ceiling for these Group-1 carcinogens.
To put it simply, bacon is not as harmful as a cigarette.
According to the report, a few slices of bacon each day are capable to increase the risk by as much as 18 percent.
Smoking a cigarette can increase the risk of lung cancer to as much as 2500 percent !
Headlines that say that bacon is as dangerous as a cigarette as completely false.
The report is intended for policy-makers and not the general public.
This is why the classification is vaguely done.
Bacon is nothing to be avoided, and is probably the best processed meat to be eaten in moderate quantities.