Based on more than 800 studies, the International Agency Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Organization cancer health agency (WHO) has classified Monday processed meat, mainly meats, agents in the category of “carcinogenic to humans”, while that red meat – which according to IARC, include pork and veal – were classified as “probably carcinogenic”

The “crushed data”(does eating meat cause cancer)

This study triggered a flood of reactions, including those professionals who do not agree at all with the results, even up to doubt the methods used.

In particular meat producers The study cringe. From France to the United States via Brazil, the outcry is widespread among professional meat from major producing countries.

“It is clear” that “many” authors of the evaluation “were triturated data to obtain a specific result,” responded the North American Meat Institute (NAMI), which represents the inter sector.

For Professor Tim Key, an epidemiologist at the center British Cancer Research, “this does not mean that you should stop eating red or processed meat. But if you eat a lot, maybe you should think about reducing.”

The Australia, one of the largest meat exporters in the world, also denied the report, saying “grotesque” to compare sausages and cigarettes. “Stop eating all that is described as a carcinogen by the WHO would be to go back to his cave,” said the Australian Minister of Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce.

Less than 500 grams of red meat per week (does eating meat cause cancer)

“It is inappropriate to attribute any single factor to an increased risk of cancer. It is a very complex subject that can depend on a combination of well Other factors such as age, genetics, diet, environment and lifestyle, “ruled the Focal processing industries EU meat.

According to the Fund global research against cancer, based in London, eating less than 500 grams of red meat per week would be recommended, “and very little, if at all” in the case of processed products (sausages, salami, pate and Other deli meats …).

However, the ideal would be not to eat more than 300 grams of red meat per week.

For Dr. Dominique Bessette INCa, meat consumption must not more than 500 grams per week, with portions not exceeding 70 to 100g.

The vegetarian organizations are, in turn, met the study, saying that “animal proteins are not good” for the man.

relativize studies (does eating meat cause cancer)

Almost daily, new studies are published, either on meat, alcohol or coffee. Most often, these studies contradict them. On the chart below, Vox uses the various studies on our food, as they prevent or promote cancer. Each red dot represents a different study.

Selon les études, un même aliment peut prévenir du cancer ou le provoquer.

According to studies, the same food can prevent or cause cancer. © Screenshot Vox

All the experts agree that it should eat balanced and varied, which means eating fruits and vegetables and whole grains that also provide good fiber to the intestine.

The general rule remains to have a varied and balanced diet including fruits, vegetables and fiber (whole grains ) and make physical exercise (walking …).

With AFP