Meat Causes Cancer? What You Need to Know

Earlier this week, The World Health Organization issued a report that correlated eating processed meat like beef, ham and bacon and other red meat to the risk of cancer. With so many opinions floating around the media, how should the average person digest this information? 

We’re here to help. Let’s get started.

Processed Meat vs. Naturally Preserved Meat

Highly processed meat with chemical additives like MSG, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch, sodium nitrate (just to name a few) should absolutely be correlated with cancer and not be approved for human consumption. However, because of these warnings and modern processing methods, people are often misled that ALL processed meat is bad.

Naturally preserved meats using old world techniques are in stark contrast to processed meats preserved with chemical additives. Naturally preserved meats like bacon, salami, and sausage can be very healthy and nutrient dense when consumed in moderation.

Red Meat

Now, on to red meat. Is all red meat bad? If you are familiar with our practice, you know that we love red meat! Red meat such as beef is a nourishing diet staple we recommend to our patients. But it is important to know why some red meat is better for you than others—something the media is not clarifying.

Meat from a cow raised on grass is rich in nutrients that are vital to human health—essential fatty acids, trace minerals and Vitamin A to name a few. This creates an alarming difference compared to factory-farmed cattle raised on processed grain feed and modified with antibiotics. This type of meat can be very inflammatory and lead to conditions like cancer.

Where to Buy?

It is safe, healthy and recommended to eat humanely and responsibly raised red and preserved meats that are free from chemical additives. The best way to buy your meat is from a local farm but if you don’t have access, we carry a variety of delicious and high quality meats at our Health Food Store in Medina, Ohio.

If you have any questions about what you are eating and how it is affecting you, schedule an appointment and come talk to us. We’d love to hear from you.

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