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Skip Processed Meats to Reduce Cancer Risk

Sharon Palmer

Skip processed meats to reduce cancer risk. More and more research links eating processed meats, such as sausage, bacon, hot dogs, ham, and salami, with disease risk. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research suggests avoiding processed meats altogether to lower risk of developing cancer. And newer research from the UK continues to support this strategy, as scientists found an increased risk of breast cancer among women. Breast cancer risk increased by over a fifth among more than 260,000 women aged 40-69 years who consumed more than nine grams of processed meats per day. However, there was no association between eating red meat and the risk of breast cancer. Over seven years of follow-up in the study, 4,819 women were diagnosed with cancer.

(European Journal of Cancer, February 2018)

Read the study here.

For more studies on plant-based diets and health, check out the following:

Fighting the Cancer-Obesity Link with Plants
Skip Ultra-Processed Foods and Eat Whole Plants to Fight Cancer
Skip Processed Meats to Reduce Cancer Risk

Image: Vegan BLTA Sandwich features plant-based tempeh bacon—a much healthier alternative to processed meats. Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

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