Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami… 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.
Studies showed that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent.
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)(Rf www.2u2eat.com), 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…
You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:
1. Always read ingredient labels.
2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
3. Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.
Note: 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.