WCRF Suggests Parents Choose Processed Meat Alternatives

by: cancercompass

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) warns that parents should choose poultry, fish, low-fat cheeses and hummus over processed meats such as salami and ham in their children's lunch boxes, reports the Guardian UK. Not doing so could increase a child's risk of developing poor eating habits that could lead to a cancer diagnosis.

WCRF specifically states that if Britain residents were to eat no more than 70g of processed meats -- the equivalent of three servings of bacon -- a week, about 3,700 fewer people per year would receive a bowel cancer diagnosis in the country.

Scientific evidence that suggested processed meat consumption increased bowel cancer risk in adults led the WCRF to suggest that children should also avoid it.