If you love hot dogs, bacon, and other processed red meats such as sausage, pepperoni and salami, you’ll probably want to be sitting down when you read this.
Recently the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed over 7,000 clinical studies and came to the conclusion that processed red meats are too dangerous for human consumption. They found that such foods dramatically increase the incidents of many types of cancer.
How dramatically? How about a 67% increase in pancreatic cancer or a 50% increase in colorectal cancer? Yikes!
The problem isn’t the meats themselves. Most processed foods containing red meat contain sodium nitrite. Food manufacturers use this additive to keep red meats looking fresh. The problem is that once in your body sodium nitrite forms cancer-causing nitrosamines.
Here is a list of foods that usually contain sodium nitrite (courtesy of Mike Adams, the Health Ranger):
- Beef jerky
- 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
But it’s not all bad news. If you shop at health food stores you can find products that don’t contain this toxic additive. The key is to become a dedicated label-reader and know what you’re buying.