In the scientific literature, processed meats repeatedly rear their notorious heads as powerful cancer promoters. Thanks to the researchers from Harvard’s School of Public Health, we have a large-scale review of how processed meats impact the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Investigators evaluated about 1,600 studies, including over a million study subjects and concluded that eating 1.8 oz (about 2 slices of deli ham or 1 hot dog) daily of processed red meat was associated with a 42% greater risk of getting heart disease and a 19% greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes (curiously, unprocessed red meat was not associated with risk for either.) (Circulation, May 2010)
Processed meats are defined as any meat preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or with the addition of chemical preservatives, like nitrates. They include sausage, bacon, hot dogs, salami, and processed deli meats.
Swap out these unhealthy meats for one of the delicious, healthy protein packages like the following:
• Fish (especially oily fish)
• Skinless poultry
• Wild game
• Omega 3 eggs
• Nuts / seeds
• Low-fat dairy products
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