Nothing speaks more to North American food and culture than things like hot dogs, hamburgers, or even bacon. Weekend BBQ, football tailgating parties, or family get together's are all a time when we mow down on pounds and pounds of processed meats, and usually without a care in the world.
Except that we might want to really rethink our love affair with processed meat if a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) is any indication.
In this report the WCRF reviewed over 7,000 clinical studies into diet and cancer only to find that processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption and that we should stop eating these foods immediately and forever.
Needless to say this report has stunned and rocked the health world but apparently these foods contain cancer causing ingredients
Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.So, about that BBQ this weekend ......
A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.
via Total Health Breakthroughs