Processed Meats Declared too Dangrous for Human Consumption


Have you seen the article floating around the internet? According to clinical studies reviewed in detail by the World Cancer Research Fund, links have been found between diet and cancer: in this case, processed meats.

“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.”

As hard as I try to eat 100% paleo, a few things sneak into my diet every now and then. After reading this article and the studies behind it, I will think twice before I cheat again!

Here a list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and MSG:

– Beef jerky
– Bacon
– Sausage
– Hot dogs
– Sandwich meat
– Frozen pizza with meat
– Canned soups with meat
– Frozen meals with meat
– Ravioli and meat pasta foods
– Kid’s meals containing red meat
– Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
– Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

You can read more here. But the best bet is to stay away from any and all processed foods!

About the author

Lauren Wilson. Lauren introduced Paleo into her lifestyle in 2010. She enjoys re-creating otherwise unhealthy meals and spreading the word about how easy (and delicious!) it is to eat well. Don't be surprised if she has chorizo or Sriracha included in her recipes. She's also got a major sweet tooth.

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