report aimed at preventing cancer advises against processed meat consumption
entirely – and recommends a diet ‘rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and
The preventative guide,
released by The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), offers ten key suggestions
for reducing cancer risk.
WCRF recommends limiting red meat intake, it is advised that ‘little, if any’ processed meat should be consumed – and that iron and protein are both nutrients readily available in plant foods.
follows a study released earlier this year which says consumption of ‘ultra processed’ foods, processed
meat inclusive, results in greater health risks overall – including that of
Aside from a list of substances to avoid – which also includes alcohol and sugary drinks – the WCRF’s guideline includes proactive measures one can take to reduce cancer risk.
The recommendations include consuming diet ‘rich in whole grains, vegetables,
fruits and legumes’, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active.
suggests that the dietary recommendations alone could, in turn, foster a healthy body
weight – as the WCRF found a ‘Western-type
diet’ high in meat to be associated with weight gain and obesity.
This is further supported the findings of other recent studies, including that of the Journal of
the American College of Nutrition, in which researchers found a plant-based
diet to be a more effective weight loss tool than a calorically equivalent diet
containing animal products.
The WCRF’s Dr. Giota Mitrou said: “Our cancer prevention recommendations work together as a blueprint to beat cancer that people can trust, because they are based on evidence that has now proved consistent for decades.”