A review of more than 7,000 clinical studies examining the connection between diet and cancer came to a stark conclusion: No one should eat processed meats.

The World Cancer Research Fund came to the following conclusion:

“There is strong evidence that … processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk …

Try to avoid processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and some sausages.”

You read that right — no amount of processed meat is safe.

The reaction of the meat industry was swift, and they promptly accused the report of being erroneous and a tool of the “anti-meat” lobby. Professor Martin Wiseman, project director of the report, replied:

“These insinuations are nothing short of outrageous … WCRF commissioned the report with money raised from the general public and therefore it was not influenced by any vested interests.

The fact is that our report is the most comprehensive and authoritative review of the evidence that has ever been published and it found convincing evidence that … processed meat … increase[s] risk of bowel cancer.”

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