Processed Meats and The Cancer Risk

Is the cancer risk from processed meats fact or fiction? The WHO recently stated that processed meats are linked to an increase cancer risk. Okay, great, thanks for telling us that, but it is a shame that the WHO did not explain the link between processed meats and the cancer risk. It is a bit like a pharmaceutical company rushing a new drug out onto the market, claiming it can help you to lose weight, and reduce body fat, without having to diet.

Sometimes, it is good to be critical and check the information which is being supplied. Yes, there is a link between processed meat and cancer, but how does it work? We know that cigarettes contain harmful substances which are known as carcinogenic, but what does meat contain which can cause cancer.

Processed Meats And Cancer


There are two parts to the answer, and the first one deals with how meat is preserved. Our meat never used to go through a preservation process, however, most meat is now preserved using nitrites. Unfortunately, this affects our favorite meat – pork – more than other meats. Once nitrites are added to products such as ham, the protein in the meat joins up with the nitrites to form nitrosamines. These are the bad guys that are carcinogenic.

Foods such as ham, sausage meat and bacon, are often smoked to add flavor, and this further adds to the problem, but there is no direct link. It is believed that the smoke may contain carcinogenic substances, but the jury is out on that problem. But, we do know about the nitrosamines, and they do cause cancer.

Isn’t it perhaps better to stop farmers, and food producers, adding nitrites to their meat? Even the food they give to their livestock may contain nitrites! We should be taking a look at our food production process, and make sure we produce food which is fit for human consumption.

Processed Meats And Parabens

As a scientist, I hate parabens with gusto because I know how dangerous they are to us humans. As a matter of fact, it isn’t only processed meat that contains parabens, but most of our meat does unless it has been organically produced. Our family only eat organic meat, and we hope that it is better for us.

So, what are parabens? Parabens are chemicals which have been developed from petro-chemical products. They are today used as preservatives and our food is packed with them. The problem is that our bodies cannot break them down, nor digest them, so they end up being stored by our bodies. As we age, our cells start to function less well, and parabens can cause havoc and we may develop disease. It could be a good idea to help your body, and take a Niagen supplement, however, at the same time you should try to avoid parabens in your diet.

Parabens could very well be the main reason we are seeing such an increase in cancer cases. They have been with us since the mid 1930’s and are associated with all food. Not only will you find them in meat products, but you will also find them in pickled foods and fermented foods.

What Should You Eat?

It seems that we are being left with nothing to eat soon, and I don’t think that the food scares are actually helping at all. The focus should be on supplying the public with information on healthy foods. At the same time, food producers should be held accountable and told to stop producing foods that destroy essential nutrients.

Sadly, a lot of additives destroy essential nutrients, and this in itself introduces a cancer risk. If, we don’t get the right nutrients, our cells cannot produce energy to keep us healthy. Taking supplements is very important, and we should all consider adding certain supplements to our diet. Our food is low in vital probiotics, trace minerals and vitamin B, these are all needed to help our body use, and turn the food we eat, into energy.

Processed meats and the cancer risk is a very real health concern, and we should be thinking about how we can stay healthy. About 80 years ago, no one added nitrites to meat, and processed meats were perfectly safe to eat. We are victims of our own stupidity, and often wonder if we should not license food as much as we license medication. After all, the “polluted” food we eat seem to be doing as just as much harm.

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Are The Health Benefits Of Tofu Right For You?

Tofu has in recent years been hailed as a super food, but are the health benefits of tofu right for you? A lot of questions are being asked about soya and the products which are derived from soya at the moment. It is often claimed that soya can help women going through the peri-menopause or the actual menopause, but is it actually true? The fact is that Japanese women do suffer less from menopausal symptoms, but is it down to soya or genetic make up?

We often presume that we do not eat a lot of soya in the West but the fact is that we eat more than our fair share. Why? Soya, and other soya based products, are used as fillers and bulking agents in our every day food. Next time you buy a loaf of bread, look out for the word lecithin, and ask yourself what it is. Lecithin is another word for soya, so it is present in our food. Continue reading

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Learn To Love The Health Benefits Of Artichokes

There are many health benefits of artichokes are ignored in many parts of the world. Yet, this is a vegetable that can be grown almost anywhere, and it is even at home in a pot. If, you don’t want to grow artichokes for their health benefits, you should certainly grow them for their beauty – they have the most amazing flower head.

Fortunately, artichokes is one of those vegetables that has a very stabile nutritional content. This means that you can dry the vegetable, and process it into a a supplement. Artichoke supplements are now sold all over the world, and the great news is that they are not expensive. They really do offer great value for money. A daily artichoke supplement can help you to lower your cholesterol by promoting better liver function. Continue reading

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The Health Benefits Of Black Tea

The health benefits of black tea were well known to my great grandma. This little Russian lady swore by black tea for all ailments, and I think that she may have been right. She lived to the age of 107 years old. Her black tea drinking mother died at the age of 110 years old, and we should perhaps pay attention to these two ladies diet.

Apart from a serious amount of walking, they drank 8 – 10 cups of black tea every day. Black tea was always present in our household, but it wasn’t until many years later, scientists discovered that it is packed with flavonoids. They are anti-oxidants which can help us to fight cancer and heart disease. The main flavonoid in black tea is called quercetin. This is one of the most powerful anti-oxidants in the world. There is little wonder that both ladies stayed so healthy and active into old age. Along with a diet rich in home made yogurt, apples from the garden, cruciferous vegetables such as kale and plenty of water, they had a very health lifestyle apart from the odd tipple of Vodka. Continue reading

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How To Add The Health Benefits Of Apples To Your Life

Are we beginning to ignore apples? Supermarkets are reporting that they are selling less and less apples. Could that mean that we are not appreciating the health benefits of apples? This once very popular fruit seems to have been replaced by other more exotic and expensive fruits. Most fruits are good for us, but the problem with exotic fruits, is that they have been transported over long distances. Transporting fruit and vegetables over long distances will reduce their nutritional value. The apple farm down the road would probably deliver better nutritional value, and, also, better value for money.

Should we ignore apples? Absolutely not, and did you know that an apple contains more vitamin C than an orange? On top of that, they are also richer in fiber, and one particular soluble fiber, pectin, is very important. Pectin can help us to lower our cholesterol, boost our immune system and sweep away toxins in the body. In other words, it is a natural broom that we ignore at our own peril. Oranges on the other hand are acidic, and can even trigger arthritis and gout. Perhaps you really should consider adding an apple a day to your diet. Continue reading