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6 Facts on Processed Meat and Your Cancer Risk


For decades processed meats have offered a convenient option for just about any meal, whether it’s breakfast (sausage, bacon), lunch (luncheon meats), or dinner (burgers, hot dogs).

But ever since the World Health Organization raised concerns about the cancer risk posed by processed meats, these admittedly delicious foods have come under attack. So, what threat do these foods pose to everyday Americans? Let’s take a look at some strategies for finding and consuming the healthiest possible processed meats…

 

1. Find Healthy Cold Cuts

Not all processed meats are created equal. Some, like pork-based slices, mortadella, and salami, contain more fat, sodium, and calories than healthier alternatives, including smoked turkey or chicken. Salami, for example, can include more than 400 calories and 41 grams of fat per serving.

But it’s not just salt, calorie, and fat content that you should be concerned about. Ask your local butcher to direct you to the processed meats with the lowest nitrate content and fewer preservatives.

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