Another knock on processed meats, this one from WHO

Processed meats, such as hot dogs and cold cuts, are full of sodium and other things that have led me and many others to avoid them in recent years. I’m always amused by Subway calling its sandwiches healthy when they’re filled with high-sodium processed meats, for example.

Nathan's hot dogs and waffle fries, wondrous stuff.
Nathan’s hot dogs and waffle fries, wondrous stuff.

Another knock on processed meats came from the World Health Organization (WHO) recently. It pointed to a link between an increased likelihood of cancer and the consumption of processed meats. The report also threw in red meat as a possible cancer causer.

I’m already hearing people poo-poo the report, saying they’ll take their chances with processed meats if the increase in the likelihood of cancer from them is only an additional 1% or so.

Really? To each his or her own I suppose, but after my 2012 angioplasty I completely changed how I was eating t give myself the best possible odds of not having another clogged artery anytime son. I don’t think a matter fo life and death leaves much room for another but extreme measures. I had almost no hot dogs or a slices of deli meat in more than three years now.

I miss them terribly but I’m living for those around me now who want me to stick around as long as possible.



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  1. John – I agree with you on the unique flavor of Nathan’s hot dogs. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but within the last few months they came out with a reduced-fat hot dog (7 grams of fat and 510 mg sodium per hot dog – about half the fat, but the sodium’s about the same). They really do have that Nathan’s flavor. Even better, I recently found out that their frozen french fries are about the only ones available with a reasonable amount of sodium (2.5 grams of fat and only 15 mg of sodium). They taste fine to my husband and me.

    I’ve been enjoying your website, which I only discovered recently. My reason for reducing sodium intake is a case of gout!

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