Processed Meat is Associated with Chronic Disease
Eating processed meat is associated with an increased risk of various chronic diseases.
- Heart disease.
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
- Bowel and stomach cancer.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Studies on the consumption of processed meat in humans are observed in nature.
They can show that people who eat processed meat are more prone to these diseases, but they can not confirm that the processed meat has caused them.
Yet the evidence is compelling because the links are strong and coherent.
In addition, all this is supported by animal studies. For an instance, studies in rats show that consumption of processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer.
One thing is clear, the processed meat carries harmful chemicals that can increase the risk of chronic disease. The most studied compounds are discussed on the next few pages.
Conclusion: Eating large amounts of processed meats over a long period of time can increase the risk of various chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer.