Processed meats are usually contain sodium nitrite, which results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the body. Studies say, processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67% and colorectal cancer by 21%. It also contains huge amounts of MSG, which is bad for the heart.
The World Cancer Research Fund caught wind of this article just after it went live. They scrambled to let people know they had nothing to do with it. In fact, their official response was “The articles talking about processed meat being ‘too dangerous for human consumption’ are unhelpful and scaremongering.” Yet in the same post, they tell you to avoid this stuff because it can cause bowel cancer.
Studies On Meat
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer.1 Bottom line: 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.2 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.
A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent.3 Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.4 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.
Check Carefully For Sodium Nitrite And Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
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
If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970′s but was overridden by the meat industry.5 It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”
Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA. Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.
You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:
- Always read ingredient labels.
- Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
- Don’t eat processed meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.
And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.
These are great ways to start lowering your risk. But they aren’t the only natural ways to fight cancer.
In fact, there’s one “controversial” (yet scientifically proven) compound that brought one man back from the brink of death from Stage 4 lung cancer, cured one woman’s breast cancer, leaving her stronger and healthier than she had felt in 20 years and allowed one man to walk away from the hospital mere weeks after slipping into a coma.
An Australian study noted that the only side effect was “chronic good health.” Chronic good health! You certainly can’t say that about chemo or radiation. It’s no wonder that a leading expert said that advising against this natural treatment borders on medical malpractice.
Processed meat includes chicken you get from tesco because they inflate it with water to increase its weight.
If you're in the NYC area, buy your organic meat from Empire Market in College Point, Queens. I do not buy meat from supermarkets!
I was a pre-med. I'm going another route. It was a discouraging experience. I will gather up my courage and finish on the alternative side.
I work with cancer patients. I'm a reiki practitioner. You'd wouldn't believe some of the stuff they tell them not to eat. (Vegetables because of soil contamination) Then serve them kraft macaroni cheese and other processed foods at the place they receive chemo;(
They don't want the connection to be made. They fight against doctors who are trying to make that connection. I've read testimony of a doctor talk about how his study was sabotaged and didn't reflect accurate data by the very agency set up to examine alternative modalities to cancer treatment. Its big business
Another "yet" is why won't doctors work hand in hand with a nutritionist to tell patients what not to eat while treating them. I've asked and they tell patients THEY CAN EAT WHATEVER THEY WANT. Stupidity.
And the American Cancer society hasn't come up with that research in the 50-60 years they've been in business?
Good article , no doubt. But one thing is not clear 2 me dat if d processed meat is harmful 4 d human being, then how a large quantities of processed meat(as u have detailed d category of meats) has been exported from 3rd world country, sply frm India, Bangladesh etc 2 d rest world? R they not conscious abt d affect of sodium nitrate used in d processed meat? Apperrantly it is really harmful 2 a human body, bt we r nt aware of dat.
Another GOV'T cover-up. They are not concerned about the health of anyone.. Only the amount of $$$$$ they get as pay off from chemucal processing plants....granted we are all in control of what we put into the mouths of our children and ourselves....