Academy Responds to WHO Findings on Meat and Cancer Link





CHICAGO The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the worlds largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, released the following statement today in response to the World Health Organizations recent findings that consumption of red meat and processed meat can increase cancer risks:

In light of the recent findings by the World Health Organization classifying the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans and the consumption of processed meats as carcinogenic to humans, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends consumers in the United States vary their daily protein choices by including lean meats, poultry and fish along with plants sources like beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Consumption of processed meats like ham, bacon and hot dogs, which are often high in saturated fat and sodium, should be limited.  

The Academy strives to communicate healthy eating messages that emphasize a balance of food and beverages within energy needs, rather than any one food or meal. According to the Academys Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating position paper, when too much emphasis is given to a single food or food component, confusion and controversy can hinder, rather than facilitate, consumers ability to adopt healthy dietary patterns.

Anyone who is concerned about how red meat can be included into a healthy eating plan should consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. Visit to learn more.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the worlds largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nations health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy at

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