Processed meats: they’re yummy but stay away from them

This is turning into healthcare week on the blog it seems. A lot of health-related items seem to be filling my e-mail box, hopefully they can help you, although my intent here is to write more about food than health because health science is a moving target that I don’t often completely trust.

Processed meats, like this sausage I had in London a few years ago, are ff my menu now.
Processed meats, like this sausage I had in London a few years ago, are ff my menu now.

Today’s topic is processed meats — you know, hot dogs, salami, sausages, cold cuts of all kinds. I loved them all and ate them all regularly until my 2012 angioplasty. Now they’re just a distant memory for me. That’s because they’re high in salt and other things that are thought to be less than healthy for us.

“’Processed meat besides having quite a lot of salt may include also nitrites and phosphate-containing additives,’ said Alicja Wolk, who worked on the study at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm,” according to a Reuters story about a new study outlining the dangers of eating processed meats.

“Men who report eating lots of sausages and cold cuts are more likely to wind up in the hospital for heart failure,” Reuters reports as the study’s conclusion.

Say goodbye to these yummy, processed treats to help your heart health.


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