Eating Meat: Just As Bad As Smoking Cigarettes?

Eating Meat: Just As Bad As Smoking Cigarettes?

New evidence shows that processed meat increases risk of cancer.

There have been controversies pertaining to the meat industry for as long as most of us can remember. The never-ending debates between vegans and carnivores have become a standard part of the world we live in. Generally, we all have our side of what we conclude to be true. But what does one do when a prestigious and respected group such as the World Health Organization comes out with new research that could affect the entire population? Do we just ignore it because it may not be in line with the very beliefs that we hold to be true?

It's time to stop being stubborn and listen to the facts. We need to evaluate what actions we are implementing and food we are consuming as an entire nation. The World Health Organization has recently come out with a statement in which they proclaimed, "Bacon, ham, and sausage rank alongside cigarettes as major cause of cancer."

As a society we continuously roll our eyes at sentiments such as this because "everything gives you cancer!" It is as if we begin to believe this incredibly arduous disease is a made up tale that no one can come in contact with. I hate to break the news, but we are not immortal, and cancer does in fact exist. If we link up the statistics of all the hazards we face to the amount of people that suffer from cancer in the world, we can easily see that maybe these risks we continuously hear about do in fact make sense. It has been estimated that more than one in three people (thirty three percent) will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. This multitude of the population suffers from cancer because it is a disease that has a copious amount of factors in play.

"Does this mean that my chance of getting cancer is the same if I eat meat and if I smoke?" It depends on the kind of meat you're eating.

The World Health Organization has come to find that they had enough evidence to place processed meats as a group one carcinogen. Processed meat has been found to be linked to causation of bowel cancer.

"What is processed meat exactly?" Processed meat included meats that go through a preservation process that could include smoking, salting or the adding of certain chemicals.

Examples include; hot dogs, ham, and salami. Ever hear people express that they won't eat hot dogs because they "don't know what is even in them"? This is exactly why.

The World Health Organization has placed red meat in group two A, which is under the category as being "probably carcinogenic to humans." As stated by the International Agency of Research on Cancer, red meat has been found to having casual links to prostate and pancreatic cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the amount of deaths in 2015 from rectum and colon cancer are projected to be a staggering 49,700. The IARC has stated that for every 1.8 ounce portion of processed meats one eats daily, their risk of these cancers increases by 18 percent. See the image below from USA Today for portion size reference.

"So is eating meat really as bad as smoking?" Not necessarily.

While processed meat has been placed in the same category as tobacco use in terms of carcinogenic to humans, this category more so evaluates the strength of the scientific evidence, rather than the level of risk, the WHO explains.

Even though eating processed and red meats may not necessarily be as great a cause of cancer as smoking is, it should still raise a red flag for us to look at our habits and what we are putting into our bodies. Cancer is a serious disease that takes over 14 million lives each year (See here for a chilling visual), and every precaution should be evaluated.

(There are many studies showing nutritional benefits of red meats, and this article in no way expressing to cease all consumption.)

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4 Fabulous Coffee Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed

Coffee is essentially the way of life.

Coffee is a blessing in this world for me! I love the taste, smell and energy it gives. Yet, I always wonder what other things coffee can be used for. Here are four fabulous coffee hacks for the coffee lovers out there like me.

1. Create Your Own DIY Latte

Ingredients: coffee and milk


  1. Brew up your favorite coffee
  2. As the coffee is brewing, heat 1 to 1½ cups of milk in a saucepan. If you are looking for a rich, creamy latte, use 2% milk. If you’re looking for skinny coffee, give skim or 1% a try (and remember—you can always try something new like almond milk, rice milk or soy milk!).
  3. Whisk the heating milk into froth (WARNING: you will get a bit of an arm workout!).
  4. Pour the coffee into your favorite mug, leaving a bit of room at the top for some milk.
  5. Drizzle the milk over the coffee, holding some froth back with a spoon.
  6. Finish up the pour by layering froth on the tippy top of the beverage.
  7. If you like it sweet, add some sugar, vanilla extract, a dusting of cinnamon or honey.


2. DIY Coffee Creamer

1. 4 oz sweetened condensed milk

2. 1 3/4 cup milk or cream (whole, lowfat, skim, almond, soy, heavy cream, half & half etc – whatever your preference, however the more fat, the more creaminess


3. Starbucks Secret Menu Drinks

This one is a personal favorite for myself. Starbucks has this entire menu of secret drinks that you can order. They are not found on the regular menu you see. Instead, they can be found online with special names. Carina Hsieh and Danielle Tullo published a listicle on with just a few of these secret treats.


4. Drink Coffee To Motivate Yourself

Coffee is one of those magical things in life that gets your body energized for the day. Take some time to grab a cup and feel awakened, as well as, ready for school or work.

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5 Microwave Mug Meals For Those That Don't Have Access To A Full Kitchen

If you're lazy, like me, or don't have access to a full kitchen, like me, but you want legitimate meals, like me, try out these microwaved mug meals!

As a college freshman, it’s not likely that you’ll have access to a normal kitchen, and therefore, an oven and/or stove, which makes cooking either difficult or impossible. What you probably do have, however, is a microwave… and honestly, cup noodles can only be eaten so many times in a row (I have not yet reached that point, but I still want some food variety in my life).

So if you have a mug and a microwave, be prepared for some new recipes that you can try out in your dorm! And if you do have access to a kitchen but you’re feeling lazy, then feel free to try these out as well.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite recipes that I’ve gathered that you can make in your microwave!

1. Pizza

Pizza in a mug? Yes. You heard it right. You don’t need access to an oven in order to make pizza! Although you will definitely need to pick up a variety of ingredients, it’ll definitely be worth it considering you can remake this recipe over and over again.

You should definitely try out different combinations of pizza toppings to figure out which ones you like!

You can find the recipe and video here.

2. Egg Muffin

If you’re a big breakfast person (Like me! I could eat omelets EVERY DAY), you should definitely try out this recipe!

You can find the recipe and video here.

3. Mac & Cheese

Of course, you can just buy microwavable packages of mac and cheese, but those are usually unhealthy and don’t give you that big of a portion for the price you pay. If you’re willing to put down some money to buy the ingredients, it’ll be SO much cheaper in the long run, and much healthier!

You can find the recipe and video here.

4. Thai Green Curry

If you don’t like Thai food… I have nothing to say to you. Thai food is one of my FAVORITE types of food and I don’t think I could ever grow tired of it. What’s even better is homemade Thai food from my best friend’s mom (shout-out to Mrs. Cook)!

Anyway, if you want to make some Thai food in your microwave, you can find the recipe here.

5. Brownie

Of course, we can’t finish a list of food without ending it with a dessert recipe! I’ve seen a lot of brownies in a mug recipes, and for me, unless I’m blatantly cursed with bad cooking/baking, I’ve NEVER had a good one. However, if there’s one person I trust, it’s Gemma (who this recipe comes from).

So if you’re ready to make it, you can find the recipe here.

These recipes are from Gemma from Bigger Bolder Baking! She’s a professionally trained chef and baker from Ireland and her recipes are amazing! I first discovered her YouTube channel a few years ago and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

For a full list of her mug recipes, click here! I’ve simply compiled some of my favorite for you guys :)

Have fun and happy eating! And don't burn your building down!

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