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Some Facts About Processed Meat – 25 July 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Processed meat includes bacon, hot dogs, ham, sausages, bologna, pepperoni, jerky, salami, smoked flesh, and similar products. This includes products made with beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, and other sea creatures. Here are some documented facts about these and other processed meat products:

“Men, especially middle-aged men, eat more processed pork than women. Higher-income Americans eat less of it than middle- and low-income citizens. Rural Americans eat more than urban Americans. Blacks eat more than whites. And Midwesterners eat the most per capita.”

“Just one ounce of processed meat per day increases your risk of stomach cancer by 15 percent to 38 percent.” (Larsson SC, Orsini N, Wolk A. Processed meat consumption and stomach cancer risk: a meta-analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006 Aug 2:98(15):1078-1087.)

“Every 1.7 ounces of processed meat consumed per day raises colorectal cancer risk 21 percent.” (World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Washington, DC: AICR, 2007.)

“A Harvard study of more than 40,000 health professionals showed that those who ate hot dogs, salami, bacon, or sausages two to four times per week increased their risk of diabetes by 35 percent. Those who ate these products five or more times per week experienced 50 percent increased risk.” (Van Dam RM, Willett WC, Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ, Hu FB. Dietary fat and meat intake in relation to risk of type 2 diabetes in men. Diabetes Care. March 2002;25(3).

“In 2006, Americans consumed more than 1.5 billion pounds of hot dogs. Analysts estimate the processed meat industry will generate $22.49 billion in annual sales by 2009. Sixty-two percent of all Americans eat smoked ham, bacon, or some form of processed pork – the average person eats 32 pounds of it a year.”

This equates to 1.4 ounces per person per day; and since everyone doesn’t eat these products every day, the others must eat a lot more – which explains why there is so much cancer.

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