Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Processed meats may lead to cancer -- report

The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) issued a report this week saying that eating smoked, salted or cured meats places you at risk of bowel cancer. They're talking about ham, bacon, pastrami, salami, hot dogs, some sausages -- that sort of thing.

They also warned parents that sending your child to school with a baloney sandwich or other processed meat product could contribute to bowel cancer later in life. (They didn't mention that the white bread and mayonnaise likely to envelop the baloney isn't doing them any favors, either.)

WCRFI says a diet high in processed and red meat is the top risk factor for developing bowel cancer.

The Spartan Diet calls for the total elimination of all domesticated animal meats, processed foods, and engineered foods from your diet. All smoked, salted or cured meats fall into one or more of these categories, and foods like baloney fall into all three.