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Research by Nobel Prize-winner: Milk/beef may has indirect carcinogenicity

Research by Nobel Prize-winner: Milk/beef may has indirect carcinogenicity


Research by Nobel Prize-winner: Milk/beef may has indirect carcinogenicity. 

Does beef actually increase cancer risk?

Would you believe it if this sentence was spoken by a Nobel Prize winner?


German biomedical scientist Harald Zur Hausen, known as the “Father of HPV Vaccines”, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine for his discovery of the causes of cervical cancer. He not only wants to vaccinate people, but even has an ideal of vaccinating cattle.


In his view, there may be a mechanism unknown to humans in beef, a virus source persists, and then infects humans, slowly causing cancer. Zur Hausen found that the incidence of colorectal cancer is 20%-30% higher in regions that love beef than in other regions, while India does not eat beef for religious reasons, and the incidence of colorectal cancer is relatively low.



Do you think there is some truth to this? The question is, is beef really edible?


1. Nobel Prize-winner research: milk/beef or indirect carcinogenicity

After a long period of research, he really found relevant evidence, which further confirmed his conjecture. In March 2021, a paper published in the ” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” made a lot of waves. Zur Hausen pointed out that there is a certain link between the intake of milk and beef and the occurrence of colorectal cancer.


Research by Nobel Prize-winner: Milk/beef may has indirect carcinogenicity



By analyzing tissue samples from colon cancer patients, his team detected a novel pathogen called BMMF (beef and milk factor) in cells near the patients’ tumors.

The novel pathogen is widely present in dairy products and bovine serum.


Zur Hausen’s team believes that BMMF not only induces local chronic inflammation, but may also promote genetic mutations, which in turn trigger cancer growth and development.

This study also provides new evidence for the World Health Organization to classify red meat, including beef, as a carcinogen.



“After eating beef, you may be infected with inflammation. Although inflammation does not necessarily lead to malignant tumors, it will bury hidden dangers in your life.” Zur Hausen warned.




2. Can people still eat beef?

Now that studies have shown that beef is potentially carcinogenic, can we happily continue to eat beef?


According to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture , beef consumption in the United States will reach 12.61 million tons in 2020, ranking first in the world.


In this case, is it worth promoting to reduce the intake of beef? To understand the nutritional value of beef, but very high. Beef is rich in protein and mineral elements needed by the human body, which can improve the human body’s disease resistance, promote human muscle growth, enhance strength, and promote tissue repair in patients during rehabilitation.


The World Cancer Fund’s assessment is that eating less than 500 grams of red meat per week does not increase the risk of bowel cancer. Every day, about 70 grams.


Eating beef in moderation will not cause cancer. Don’t give up on the nutritional value of beef because of choking.




3.  these “beef” really need to eat less!

Beef is well received by consumers as a nourishing product that combines delicious taste and nutrition. However, some ways of eating beef may endanger our health, and we need to be vigilant.


1) Raw beef

Japan and South Korea like to eat raw beef, and this way of eating has gradually spread to the country, but it should be noted that eating raw beef is easy to provoke parasites.

The most common parasite in raw beef is cysticercosis . Once infected, abdominal pain and diarrhea may occur, and in severe cases, intestinal obstruction and intestinal bleeding may occur.


2) BBQ beef

BBQ beef is a delicacy that many people can’t stop, but it should be noted that in the process of roasting beef, heterocyclic amines will be produced , and heterocyclic amines are carcinogenic.


3) Beef jerky

The reason why beef jerky is on the list is the same as braised beef. A lot of salt is added when marinating beef jerky. Every 100 grams of beef jerky contains 1967 mg of salt . Adding sugar, oil and other seasonings, beef jerky tastes better, but it is not recommended to eat more.


With the acceleration of information dissemination, we must carefully screen and treat the claims that some foods on the Internet have carcinogenic and anti-cancer effects, and treat them scientifically, and do not fall into metaphysical misunderstandings. #Guarding Silver Age World##Healthy New Year#





[1] “Analysis of chronic inflammatory lesions of the colon for BMMF Rep antigen expression and CD68 macrophage interactions”. PNAS.2021-01-29

[2] “WHO: It is not the most important thing to stop eating red meat in moderation”. Business Daily. 2015-10-28

Research by Nobel Prize-winner: Milk/beef may has indirect carcinogenicity

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