After WHO Releases Report, Prominent Meat Group Reacts, #FreeBacon Explodes On Social Media

After WHO Releases Report, Prominent Meat Group Reacts, #FreeBacon Explodes On Social Media
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One group is slamming the report recently released by the International Agency Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s (WHO) very own cancer agency.


The North American Institute (NAMI) believes it is wrong for a vote by an IARC Monograph panel to suddenly land both processed meats and read meats in the cancer “hazards” list. After all, NAMI says that scientific evidence have shown that cancer is such a complex disease that a single food item cannot cause cancer to a person.

Meanwhile, NAMI Vice President of Scientific Affairs Betsy Booren, Ph.D. had a lot to say about IARC’s recent findings. For her, the findings mean that “you can enjoy your yoga class, but don’t breathe air (Class I carcinogen), drink wine or coffee (Class I and Class 2B), or eat grilled food (Class 2A).” According to Booren, IARC’s findings was based on the organization’s review of 940 agents (including red meat and processed meat) and their conclusion that all but one of these agents pose a “theoretical hazard” when it comes to cancer. In fact, of all the said agents that were reviewed, only a chemical found in yoga pants was said not to cause cancer.

Moreover, NAMI emphasizes that linking meat to cancer simply does not take into account the nutritional benefits of having meat in one’s daily diet. In addition, Booren pointed out that people who have subscribed to the Mediterranean diet had, in fact, been consuming 50 percent more than the recommended amount of processed meats. Furthermore, people who follow this kind of diet typically live in Italy, France and Spain and they tend to have some of the longest life expectancies throughout the world.

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Meanwhile, after WHO released its recent reports linking processed meats and red meats to cancer, many have taken a stand to defend consuming them, especially the much loved bacon. In fact, the hasgtags #FreeBacon, #Bacon, #bacongeddon and #JeSuisBacon have grown quite popular. One tweet even read, “I will not be bullied into quitting bacon.”