Several years ago I used to think that a turkey sandwich made with packaged lunch meat was healthy. My mom must’ve thought the same thing because cold cut sandwiches are what I ate for lunch most days as a kid. Although there are some lunch meats (low sodium, nitrate-free turkey, for example) that are OK for occasional consumption, others, such as corned beef, bologna and salami can greatly increase your risk of certain cancers when regularly consumed.

While our knowledge about the health of lunch meats has improved, Americans are still eating way too much of these processed carcinogenic sodium bombs. It’s understandable to some extent. Packaged or deli cold cuts are convenient and easy. In a few minutes you can slap together lunch for yourself or your kids. Cold cuts are far from healthy though. Sodium content is sky high and most contain ingredients you probably can’t pronounce and most definitely couldn’t explain.

Twenty-two experts from 10 countries reviewed more than 800 studies to reach their conclusions. They found that eating 50 grams of processed meat every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That’s the equivalent of about 4 strips of bacon or 1 hot dog. For red meat, there was evidence of increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.

Some choices are better than others though. The attached article,
click here, discusses cold cuts and what to look out for.

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