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.