Red Meat and Processed Meat Cause Cancer According to WHO

Have you ever actually been to the WHO website? It's actually a very useful and practical resource for information regarding data and health around the world. 

The WHO has an agency called the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer). Have you ever heard of this? If not, you're probably not the only one. This isn't the kind of information that our information and media providers want you to be looking at regularly because it may contain information that would hurt their sales or bottom line. 

Take the meat industry for example. They make their money off selling meat to the public. If the public didn't want to consume meat anymore, they would be in trouble. For this reason they would obviously do their best to hide any negative news that might make the public change their opinions of meat. This is why I had to do the research myself. 

The IARC classifies carcinogens into 4 main groups and determines their relationship to causing cancer based on a number of studies and research. The below image is a chart taken from the WHO website and describes the 4 main classification groups.


When I went on and typed "meat" into the search bar the following results came up...

Meat is a Group 1 Carcinogen

You can see there are two results that show up. Let's take a closer look.

Meat Causes Cancer   

From this closer up image you can see that the consumption of "Processed Meat" is a Group 1 carcinogen. This means that, by definition, processed meat IS carcinogenic to humans. Wow!! Scary stuff! 

We can also see that the consumption of "Red Meat" is a Group 2A carcinogen.  This means that, by definition, processed meat is PROBABLY carcinogenic to humans. Yikes!!! 

I don't know about you but when something causes cancer I do everything I can to stay away from it. I value nothing more than my health and if I can do something to stay healthy I always will! 

Ref - WHO Website:


Cameron Alksnis, is a plant-based food blogger and educator. Certified in Plant-Based nutrition and a health coach in training. Cameron is also a elite endurance athlete and has an MBA from Winthrop University. Follow along for more info on how to be the healthiest version of yourself @calksnis


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