Monday, October 26, 2015

WHO doesn't like prosciutto?

Who doesn't like prosciutto? The WHO, that's who.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just issued a statement maintaining that "processed meats" are in Group 1 (same group as cigarettes and asbestos) as a carcinogen.

Processed meats are a big part of the Italian culinary traditions as salumi. Prosciutto cotto, prosciutto crudo, bresaola, mortadella, salame ... I certainly don't intend to give up a moderate consumption of these delicious products which have centuries of history and know-how behind them. I am also perplexed that WHO apparently did not distinguish between the different forms of processing in terms of health risk. They also fail to point out that our entire food chain has been compromised, making it difficult to understand exactly where the problem is.

WHO knows? I'm not so sure.