Cancer Causing Foods: Bacon, Burgers & Sausage Linked To Deadly Illness, Experts Say [VIDEO]

Bacon, burgers and sausages are reportedly as a big threat as cigarettes when it comes to cancer.

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On Monday, the Daily Mail revealed details of a new World Health Organization study, which found that eating meat increases the risk of cancer significantly.

"We've known for some time about the probable link between red and processed meat and bowel cancer, which is backed by substantial evidence," Professor Tim Key, Cancer Research UK's epidemiologist at the University of Oxford, explained. "This decision doesn't mean you need to stop eating any red and processed meat, but if you eat lots of it you may want to think about cutting down. You could try having fish for your dinner rather than sausages, or choosing to have a bean salad for lunch over a BLT."

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According to the report, health officials claimed that eating just 50g of processed meat a day, which is the equivalent of less than one sausage, increases the risk of bowel cancer by almost 20 percent.

They also classified red meat as "probably carcinogenic," but added that the food also has "some nutritional benefits," and suggested the public avoid processed meat and trade their BLTs for bean salads.

Still, Professor Key insisted that cutting meat out completely wasn't necessary.

"Eating a bacon bap every once in a while isn't going to do much harm - having a healthy diet is all about moderation," he explained.

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