The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has bad news for bacon and liquor lovers: Eliminating processed meat and alcohol from your diet can help reduce your cancer risk.
The third report from the WCRF Continuing Update project, an ongoing effort to inform consumers about lifestyle habits that may be associated with cancer, provides numerous recommendations for people seeking their risk of getting cancer to reduce. But especially two will probably cause a stir for many Americans.
First, the WCRF recommends that the processed meat, including bacon, salami, hot dogs and some sausages, be significantly or completely reduced as these products were associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Unprocessed red meat such as beef, pork and lamb may also be associated with a higher risk of cancer, the WCRF says, but the evidence is not as strong and these products provide protein, iron and B vitamins. As such, it is advisable to eat portions of unprocessed red meat and "very little, if any, processed meat" for no more than three weeks.
Alcohol also fell under the control of the organization, as "there is strong evidence that drinking alcohol causes many cancers," the report said. Liquor has been linked to cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, breast, stomach and colon, although some evidence has shown that it can actually protect against kidney cancer. Some research also suggests that moderate drinking ̵
The report also recommends maintaining a healthy body weight; stay physically active; eat a lot of whole grains, products and beans and limit the intake of processed foods, fast foods and sugary drinks; and avoid high-dose supplements that do not seem to reduce, and in some cases increase, the risk of cancer. The report also recommends that mothers who are able to breastfeed their children, as shown in some studies, protect against breast cancer.