Red Meat and Cancer Risk: A Closer Look at the Evidence

Reviewed by: Antonis Damianou (, Alex Leaf (, and Sérgio Fontinhas (Big Fitness Project)

The start of the controversy about red meat and cancer

In October 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report stating that eating processed red meat causes cancer and eating unprocessed red meat probably causes cancer (3,179,193).

Is there, however, an actual cause and effect relationship between the consumption of red meat and cancer?

What are the mechanisms through which red meat may causes cancer?

Is there anything we can do to reduce the potential cancer risk from red meat consumption without completely giving up red meat?

This article answers these questions.

But first, here are some of the key takeaways.