If red meat is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” processed meat is considered by the WHO as carcinogenic to humans. That means there is convincing evidence that processed meats can cause cancer.
Processed meats are products that have undergone processes to improve flavor and shelf life. Examples of these processes are salting, fermentation, curing, smoking, etc.
Recommended Servings: Should you wish to consume processed meat, experts say limit it to 3 portions per week. Portions mean the amount you decide to eat – not the serving size. About 350 to 500 grams will be good.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer identifies alcoholic beverages (both fermented and distilled) as carcinogenic.
Reports say there are already numerous studies linking alcoholic beverages to cancers of the breast, liver, mouth, larynx, pharynx, and esophagus.
Recommended Servings: Women may have a drink or less a day. For men, 2 drinks or less daily is recommended. Note that one drink differs in measurement depending on the type of beverage (for wine, 5 ounces is 1 drink).