It came like a cured, fire-grilled stake to the heart for scrapple-lovers and homemade bacon aficionados.

The World Health organization’s cancer agency last week deemed processed meat “carcinogenic to humans,” and in the same category as tobacco smoking and asbestos.

Though dangers of smoking, asbestos and processed meat vary, researchers concluded that consumption of processed meat especially carries an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Specifically, 50 grams of processed meat a day, about 1.75 ounces, increases the risk by 18 percent.

This isn’t exactly new information, said Sharon Collison, a nutritionist and behavioral health professor with the University of Delaware, but it should still get people to look at their processed meat consumption.

Read more. The News Journal

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