The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that meat consumption in America has reached an all-time high, averaging about 222 pounds per person annually. This includes various processed meats like sausage, hot dogs, pepperoni, prepackaged lunch meat, beef jerky, ham, and bacon. There’s speculation that the consumption of these processed meats might contribute to an increased likelihood of colorectal cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued warnings, suggesting that the daily intake of just a single hot dog or a few slices of bacon could potentially elevate the risk of cancer by up to 18%. However, it’s important to note that the research supporting these claims remains unconfirmed and is still undergoing investigation.