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The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: 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. 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. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent. 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.

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. 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:

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.  

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.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Mzd3 wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • No wonder so many people are dying from cancer.

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      Linni wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • double wow!

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      Rose Nino wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Great info. It just makes me so angry that these foods are even allowed. My father in-law (who was an amazing, wonderful man & who was like a father to me) passed away from stomach cancer and his diet consisted of hot dogs, bologna, liverwurst, etc, etc. A month after he passed away, I came across Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing. And although my diet did not consist of these foods, I somehow believe that he had a hand in this. Everyone in my hubbies family and my family lives have been transformed because of Nutritional Cleansing and Replenishing. There is just so much in our foods nowadays and with all the pesticides, fertilizers in our fruits and veggies, hormones and antibiotics in our meats, in our water, in the air we breath, cosmetics, etc, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay healthy. So I for one am so grateful and blessed to have something that keeps me & my loved ones healthier. And for as little as $2.68 a day. Sorry, I didn’t mean to go on and on but it just makes me so angry that these kinds of foods are even allowed for human consumption. Thanks for letting me vent. AND thanks for sharing this information Cynthia.

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