Back in the day, when we heard this music by Aaron Copland, we knew it meant one thing: Meat. In the 1990s, it was “what’s for dinner,” according to the Beef Council. Last February, the Federal Government revised their guidelines about what we should eat, and they said we should eat less meat, and in fairness to meat, they also suggested we eat less sugar. On Monday, The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, published a report that seems to have upped the ante a bit. Red meat has been declared a probable carcinogen.
The verdict on Processed Meat, according to the study, is more severe. When it comes to bacon and beef jerky, they drop the qualifier, “probable,” and say that it is a carcinogen. So what does this mean? Whenever we have a question of this kind, we turn to the Nutrition Diva, Monica Reinagle, who blogs about nutrition at Nutrition Over Easy and hosts a podcast at Quick and Dirty Tips.