‘We’ll keep eating bacon butties, despite cancer risk’

Will you continue to eat as much processed meat as you did before?
Will you continue to eat as much processed meat as you did before?

Ninety perc ent of Mail readers say they will still eat processed meats like bacon and sausages despite a report claiming they may be as bad for you as alcohol and tobacco.

Voting in our online poll, 90% of you told us that you would still eat bacon and sausages as normal, despite a report published by the World Health Organisation.

The report from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said there was enough evidence to rank processed meats as group 1 carcinogens because of a causal link with bowel cancer.

Writing on the Mail’s Facebook page, Ian Hardy said: “Yes, if we did not eat or drink everything that is supposed to be bad for our health we might as well be dead anyway.”

Jenny Thornton added: “We eat what we want don’t listen to these so called experts.”

Hazel Chiverton: “Just buy meat from your local butchers.”

Experts from the WHO department concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

This includes ham and salami – while beef, lamb and pork are thought to carry a lower risk. The World Cancer Research Fund advises having no more than 500g of red meat per week.