Processed meats are those that go through several processes of conversation before arriving for the public. These meats are preserved by salting, drying, smoking, and adding harmful nitrate as preservatives.
Some of this meat you may well know as ham, sausage, bacon, salami, canned or smoked meat, and beef jerky. If you wish to live longer, you may want to rethink your love for processed meats. Research done in the past few years has shown that processed meats and their intake contributes to heart disease that can be fatal. As well as premature death and cancer.
Another study, published in 2013 by BioMed Central, studied the lifestyle information of almost half a million men and women from ten different European countries. This research concluded that people who ingested processed meats on a regular basis were at a 44% higher risk of developing cancer, premature death, or heart disease. If you wish to increase your chances to live longer, you may want to keep this research in mind.
Additionally, processed meats contain high levels of salt which can lead to high blood pressure. In addition, the nitrate preservatives mentioned above may lead to clogged arteries and increasing blood sugar levels. Another research from 2010, published by the Harvard School of Public Health put together over 1,600 case studies from all over the world and the results were absolutely scary. It concluded that those that ingested processed meat on a regular basis had an increased 19% risk of developing diabetes.
If you have diabetes in your family or if you have any sort of heart disease, you will want to stop eating processed meats as soon as possible in order to live longer. Any small step can help you decrease the bad percentages and increase the good ones!