The relationship between diet and cancer has long been evaluated, but a recent study from the World Cancer Research Fund outlines the dangers of eating processed meats. The report lists sodium nitrite and MSG as two cancer-causing additives found in most processed meats, which got us thinking since our favorite snack is beef jerky.
Health blogger Holly Lee recently discussed the report, concluding that consumers should avoid eating processed meats altogether. The numbers are alarming — the chemicals in commonly found in processed meats can increase the risks of pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer by 67 percent and 50 percent, respectively. These dangerous ingredients are added to enhance color and flavor and extend shelf life.
However, not all processed meats are made with these harmful chemicals. You can find some better alternatives at the supermarket or online. Choose a food company with safer products. Make sure to carefully review food labels before buying processed meat. For example, Golden Valley Natural makes beef, buffalo and turkey jerky with no sodium nitrite, no added MSG and no sodium erythorbate.
The full World Cancer Research Fund report can be found here.
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