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Eating bacon daily may increase the risk of colorectal cancer

If you have been a big bacon fan, then the following news might suggest you re-evaluate your life decisions. Accordingly, a study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology concluded that just eating one slice of bacon every day can increase the risk of bowel cancer.

The food is often considered to be among the favorites in America as well as the Western world. People tend to satiate themselves by consuming bacon in large quantity. However, the consequences that might tag along often turn deaf ears. More important because not many are aware of the potential associated risk.

Having said that, the IJE study would tell you that there is an urgent need to check the habit of daily consumption of bacon. Bowel or Cancer is increasingly becoming common among both men and women. Just in 2019, the diagnosed cases in the Tbacalong exceeded 100,000. While a number of contributory reasons can be identified, research states excessive consumption of bacon may be one important factor.

Bacon & Increased risk of Colorectal Cancer

The IJE study provides us with some comprehensive results particularly because previous findings date back to 1990s. Researchers accounted for the dietary assessments of participants aged 40 to 69 years.

The results showed people who consumed on an estimated 75 grams of bacon every day had increased their chances by 20% of developing bowel cancer. For the participants who ate 20 grams on a daily basis had their chances enhanced by almost 5% compared with those who infrequently consumed bacon. It is important to note that 20 grams are equivalent to 1 regular slice.

There was another vital point to consider. Scientists associated with the study also highlighted the potential risks that came along with processed meat. That is to say for 25 grams of processed meat, a person increases his/her chance of cancer infliction by 20%. This compared with red meat that doctors would normally ask you to eat.

Dr. Tim Key, lead scientists and one of the authors of the study has something to say in that regard. He believes that companies more often than not fail to convey the health risks of processed meats to the customers. The consequences, which may be many, will usually turn a blind eye as empirical evidence has shown consumption of bacon which undergoes excessive processing can greatly increase the risk of bowel cancer among the consumers.

Cutting down the Risk

It is possibly a time of great crisis. As was mentioned earlier in the article, Bowel or Colorectal cancer is the third leading type of cancer in the US. Thousands fail to survive the condition while a similar proportion gets inflicted every year. The study documented in the International Journal of Epidemiology attributes the increased risk with high consumption of bacon.

What this really means?

Well, suffice to say, a diet characterized by processed meat should be amended. Processed meat includes sausages, bacon as well as ham. Scientific data would suggest a global population consuming these three food items in great amount. So, the point is the number of grams we eat on a daily basis should significantly be reduced in order to decrease the risk of bowel cancer.

Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson is a journalist for Top Health Journal. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Cindy got an internship at a morning radio show and worked as a journalist and producer. Cindy has also worked as a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel. Cindy covers economy and community events for Top Health Journal. Contact Email: cindy@tophealthjournal.com Phone: 720.907.1923

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