Surely you wouldn't put cigarettes on a sandwich and eat it, because then you'd be consuming ammonia, bleach, aluminum, formaldehyde and insecticide. But, if you eat American processed meats, you've just consumed all of those carcinogens anyway. Did you just pack a BLT or a ham and cheese sandwich in your child's school lunch box? If so, you could be doing some serious damage to your their health.
The WHO has made the declaration that eating processed meats regularly is just as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes, when it comes to the main causes of cancer. Wonder why? Well for one, the nitrites and nitrates used to preserve meats and protect their color are precursors to N-nitroso compounds (NOCs) that induce tumors in several organs in multiple animal species.
In fact, a study published in the journal Cancer links these preserved cold cut meats to bladder cancer at a 30 percent higher risk for those who consume them. The study used over 300,000 men and women from eight U.S. states over an eight-year period.
What's worse is that when humans consume sodium nitrite it forms some of the most highly carcinogenic chemical compounds EVER RECORDED in the nutrition world (they're called nitrosamines). Therefore, feeding your child cold cuts regularly is just as bad as buying them a pack of cigarettes each week and saying, "smoke up!"
And that, my friends, is child abuse.
Yes, the UN health body has added a new "terrorist" to the health watch list – cured and processed meats. These group 1 carcinogens lead to bowel cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. Who knew? Well, vegetarians and vegans have known for years. It's not just about farm animal cruelty, but human cruelty too. The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) experts concluded that just one two-ounce portion of processed meat daily increases your chance of getting colon cancer by nearly 20 percent. That's pretty scary. By the way, that's only about two SLICES of ham, turkey, chicken, roast beef, salami or bologna, and most people pile them on so thick you can't even hold the sandwich with one hand.
Just to think everybody, for years, has been avoiding red meat, thinking THAT was the main culprit of disease and disorder, now only to find out it's basically all cured and processed meats, no matter the color. So much for that red meat myth. Another mainstream lie debunked. Thus, avoiding "red meat" is not a health strategy.
In a statement from the IARC that was published in the journal Lancet Oncology, “We’ve known for some time about the probable link between red and processed meat and bowel cancer, which is backed by substantial evidence."
Bottom line: Keep your kids off cigarettes, bacon, hot dogs, sausages and deli meat as much as humanly possible. Actual scientific research is proving that the typical American diet of bacon cheeseburgers, ham sandwiches, flu shots and mainstream television turns out to be quite the effective serial killer.
This news is all just another great reason to go vegetarian or vegan and never look back. Plus, if you think you'll be missing out on some key nutrients, you're dead wrong. Check out the video below featuring the avid and quite entertaining health researcher Mic the Vegan. It's good to learn something new every day, and then put it to good use.
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