Imagine if hotdogs came with a sticker warning saying "can cause cancer".
Like the other cancer causing known carcinogens, asbestos and cigarette smoking. sausage have officially been label as bad.
Charred (BBQ) meat and preservatives such as sodium nitrate and nitrosamines, sodium chloride (salt) and trans fatty acids that are laced throughout commercially made and preserved meat goods (sausages, frankfurts, salamis, spam).
The meat used in hot dogs, frankfurts have many repulsive ingredients.
Have you ever wondered what goes into a frankfurt sausage?
Well Food Cop-barbie went out and checked a typical food panel for commercial sausages (Primo cocktail frankfurts).
Meat including Pork (66%), Water, Frankfurt Mix [Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Salt, Rice Flour, Modified Starch (1442), Sugar, Flavours, Mineral Salts (451, 341, Antioxidant (316), Sodium Nitrite (250), Hydrolyzed Maize Protein, Spices, Vegetable Fibre, Spice Extract], Food Acid (325), Soya Protein Isolate, Dextrose, Minerals Salts (450,452), Preservative (223), Vegetable Gum (412), Casing Colours (120, 160b,160c). Manufactured Meat.
Looking at that list the only recognisable food is the pork and water. The rest is additives, preservatives, flavour enhancers and all linked with homeostasis disruption in the body and many known to cause cancer.
Evidence Based Medicine
Most studies I have read in the past finger pointing certain meats with certain cancers – most notably BBQ (charred) meat and sausages with pancreatic cancer and bowel cancer. But there are links to breast, liver and other cancers.
The cancer research arm of WHO, called the “International Agency for Research of Cancer " (IARC), last week reported its findings in a press release to the world and included process meats as a category 1 for cancer-causing agents alongside tobacco smoke and asbestos!
The IARC analysed 800 worldwide studies and found there is sufficient evidence to prove processed meats (including sausages, hot dogs, corned beef, dried meats e.g. beef jerky, canned meat and meat sauces) cause colorectal cancer. It concluded that 34,000 worldwide cancer deaths are caused by the consumption of processed meats. In context it isn’t as much as smoking (1000000) but if you add in "excessive red meat consumption" that number goes to 84,000 cancer related deaths.
Process meats are now a category 1 for cancer-causing agents alongside tobacco smoke and asbestos!
Chemicals, additives, preservatives are ALL bad. My belief is that unless a component “naturally” occurs in a particular food source then it is an additive and will alter the normal chemistry of the food and potentially be harmful not beneficial.
Get trained nutritionists to help people sort out their diets. It is critical in fighting cancer and avoiding a relapse.
PURE natural foods are always BEST!
What should you do?
Should you stop eating yummy salami and bacon?
I think if you are not eating a diet rich in anti-oxidants (a rainbow of coloured fruits and vegetables) and approximately two and a half cups of vegetables a day, then you can’t run the added risk of having a carcinogen in your diet.
If you smoke, drink soft drink, don’t exercise and are overweight or have other high risks for cancer then eating these meats is another compounding risk. Don’t risk it.
If however, you eats loads of vegetables, have some fruit, low grains and don’t smoke, then the occasional piece of bacon shouldn’t do too much harm.
Always strive for optimal health.
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Foods we know that have cancer protective qualities are fish (proven to lower breast, bowel and prostate cancer), blueberries, pomegranates, tomatoes, kiwi, and herbs such as turmeric are remarkable. This is only to name a few.
I don’t believe saying “Eat in moderation” is sufficient useful advice. I would ditch cigarette smoking, really try to lose weight and eat as many vegetables – not potatoes more the coloured ones) and exercise daily. Aim for health 100% and then you don’t need to worry about the occasional piece of bacon. Frankfurts are always a NO!
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