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Processed Meats health danger

Brian S
Madison, WI
Post #: 222
Good reason to avoid processed meat, but most of you already do probably.

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption, May 16, 2013

"The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

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...

Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products). Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:

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"
Brian S
Madison, WI
Post #: 248
Sorry the article I posted above seems to be wrong. Here is a response from the WCRF:


"We are aware of a story circulating social media and blog sites claiming to represent World Cancer Research Fund International’s position on processed meat. We had no involvement in the production of this article. The statement below is a true reflection of our stance on processed meat:

World Cancer Research Fund International recommends avoiding processed meat. This is the conclusion of an independent panel of leading scientists who, following the biggest review of international research ever undertaken, judged the evidence that processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer to be convincing. This review was done in 2007 and was subsequently confirmed in 2011.

There is a continual, growing body of scientific evidence that highlights the health risks of eating processed meat. It is estimated that there would be 4,000 fewer cases of bowel cancer in the UK if people consumed less than 70g of processed meat a week (equivalent to three rashers of bacon). This is why we recommend people avoid it. The articles talking about processed meat being 'too dangerous for human consumption' are unhelpful and scaremongering. We would say that if people can't cut out processed meat completely they should cut down. WCRF International advocates a sensible, healthy, balanced diet."
Julie F.
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Madison, WI
Post #: 6
Thanks for posting this info. If one looks closely at the difference between the WCRFI recommendations and the conclusions drawn by the supposedly false or misleading reports by social media, one realizes that the only difference is in the clarity of their recommendations. WCRFI says 'avoid eating red and processed meats as often' where various blogs and sites say 'stop eating red and processed meats.' These recommendations are based on the same data, which has been around for at least six years. The China Study, a book by T. C. Campbell, has been around even longer, and draws similar conclusions that mainstream media has avoided noticing, due to strong pressure from the meat industry. All we can do is keep telling the story until the truth starts to make a difference.
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