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Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption May 16, 2013

Posted by Dr. Adam McLeod, ND in Animals, Diet, Dreamhealer, Government, Health, Longevity, Research.

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*Update: The WCRF issued a press release in response to this article. You can read the response here.

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and virtually all red meat used in frozen prepared meals. They are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrite. This is used as a color fixer by meat companies to turn packaged meats a bright red color so they look fresh. Unfortunately, sodium nitrite also results in the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines in the human body. And this leads to a sharp increase in cancer risk for those who eat them.

A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.

Sodium nitrite appears predominantly in red meat products (you won’t find it in chicken or fish products). Here’s a short list of food items to check carefully for sodium nitrite and monosodium glutamate (MSG), another dangerous additive:

  • Beef jerky
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Sandwich meat
  • Frozen pizza with meat
  • Canned soups with meat
  • Frozen meals with meat
  • Ravioli and meat pasta foods
  • Kid’s meals containing red meat
  • Sandwich meat used at popular restaurants
  • Nearly all red meats sold at public schools, restaurants, hospitals, hotels and theme parks

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous to humans, why do the FDA and USDA continue to allow this cancer-causing chemical to be used? The answer, of course, is that food industry interests now dominate the actions by U.S. government regulators. The USDA, for example, tried to ban sodium nitrite in the late 1970′s but was overridden by the meat industry.5 It insisted the chemical was safe and accused the USDA of trying to “ban bacon.”

Today, the corporations that dominate American food and agricultural interests hold tremendous influence over the FDA and USDA. Consumers are offered no real protection from dangerous chemicals intentionally added to foods, medicines and personal care products.

You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules:

  1. Always read ingredient labels.
  2. Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate.
  3. Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions.

And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.

Article retrieved from: http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2012/04/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/

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1. Kat Hussein Liu - May 17, 2013

The article says that studies have shown that sodium nitrite is a carcinogen. It then says to avoid foods with sodium nitrite AND MSG, but does not offer any *scientific* evidence to justify including MSG in the ban. Did the WCRF say that we should avoid MSG or is that just something the author added of his own accord?

kovrax - May 23, 2013

MSG has been known for years to be horrible.

doctorstinkface - May 29, 2013

Urban myth. MSG has never once had its alleged ill effects reproduced in a double blind test, and countless medical studies have shown it to be completely harmless.

MSG is also naturally occurring in tomatoes, cheese, meat, olives, fish, and is a critical compound in the function of your own brain.

twocrimsonroses - August 24, 2013

In response to doctorstinkface’s post about msg not being bad for you based upon medical studies… what about the millions of people who say for them selves that after they cut out msg their energy and health improve vastly?

StevenChar Klinkenborg - December 2, 2013

when I had seen my doctor and discovered high blood pressure, salt was definitely an item to be avoided but also anything with MSG because it caused the blood pressure to go higher and hard on the heart

Leslie (@Heart4Carolina) - December 3, 2013

I strongly disagree with the doc, and with doctors in general regarding food additives. Just because an amino acid such as MSG is in veggies doesn’t mean it should be added to other foods. MSG is added to foods because it is a salt that enhances flavor, not because the greedy companies that add it care about it’s nutritious value. Also, my brain functions beautifully without the mounds of MSG in local restaurants, especially since the chemical gives me migraines.

Mr. DNA - December 11, 2013

Naturally, if you have high blood pressure and your doctor recommends you avoid salt, avoiding MonoSODIUM Glutamate would be a wise move as well.

But it’s true, why would this blogger think it wise to just LUMP MSG in with sodium nitrite after the study referenced is only specifically naming sodium nitrite? Let’s be actually scientific when we want to talk food science.

I remember Alton Brown having a segment once on “Good Eats” diffusing a lot of the “MSG BAD” mythology.

Kludgist - May 23, 2013

Considering the blog is called “Dreamhealer Alternative Medicine”… What do you think? :-p

2. Joe Cushing - May 17, 2013

Does sodium nitrite have to be in processed meats. If I buy them from the farmer, will they have them?

Scott - November 21, 2013

Your farmer is likely still using sodium nitrite. The article is misleading when it says that sodium nitrite is used simply to fix colour. In reality, its primary purpose is to kill and combat the growth of botulism during the curing process. Any cured product will likely contain sodium nitrite because it is part and parcel to keeping the curing process safe.

Fred Lyman - December 9, 2013

Scott, I think you are quite wrong about this!
Most if not all farmers who sell meats direct are very aware of the unique appeal of grass fed and natural if not organic, meats and are not likely to go to all the extra trouble they do, to avoid medications, antibiotics and growth hormones just to add a well known harmful chemical to ‘preserve color’.
The farmer or rancher who did would be very rare. Might not hurt to ask that question if you have any doubts but it seems very unlikely.

Scott - December 9, 2013

Hi Fred,
Sorry, I was unclear. Of course when purchasing whole muscle or straight-up ground meat in this case, no, there wouldn’t be any sodium nitrate for all the reasons you mention. I know the whole muscle and ground products I get from my farmer do NOT contain sodium nitrites.

However, I was referring to purchasing processed products which is what is being discussed here, for example whatever might fall under the category of salumi or charcuterie (e.g., summer sausage, saucisson sec, etc) and also bacon. In this case, even Joe’s farmer will be using sodium nitrite because it is par for the course for making these products and has been since they stopped using salt peter for the same purposes.

Cindi Standon Carlson - November 22, 2013

There are natural alternatives… even major manufactures are offering a few. Of course they are more expensive, but they are there. Celery juice, yes it is that simple, is used instead. When you are at the lunch meat or hot dog display look for “no sodium nitrate” and honestly, look at the price. For example, the hot dogs, not on sale, are about $7 a package at my grocery.

Eric Latham - December 4, 2013

Now go Google celery juice and you’ll see that it contains lots of sodium nitrate. And what does that turn into when you eat it? Sodium nitrite. This article is new age, homeopathic BS. http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/seasoningflavoring/a/nitrates.htm

Green Building Design and Construction - November 22, 2013

I wouldn’t worry about sodium nitrite from a Farmer or your local butcher who cuts up the meat if you don’t do it yourself. I know the Butcher who comes out to Dads ranch doesn’t add anything to the beef they sell.

3. Joe Cushing - May 17, 2013

Actually, now that I think of it, the farm bacon I had last time was kind of brownish and not as red. Maybe that’s why.

twocrimsonroses - August 24, 2013

processed meats stay red because of the chemicals they put in them. it makes them look fresh. but most of the time if you cut the processed meats in half the inside is brown while the outside is a shockingly bright shade of red. Food turns brown because it oxidizes. Its a natural process for food to do this. if an apple has been bitten into would you be surprised if it didn’t brown within 10 minutes? Hopefully the answer is yes because that is what is supposed to happen to an apple. the same goes for meats. how are you supposed to know when its starting to go bad if they dye it and chemicalize it so that you can’t tell. If the meat your buying is not going brown its because its pumped with chemicals. either that or its been butchered within the hour.

Scott - November 21, 2013

There is some misinformation here. The inside of most meats will NOT oxidize because oxygen can not penetrate the first few millimetres of skin. Regardless of whether nitrites are used to fix the colour, the inside of the meat will likely NOT be brown because it has not oxidized. The outside IS prone to oxidization which may be REDUCED by using sodium nitrite.

more processed products may indeed use other tactics and substances to maintain colour.

Scott - November 21, 2013

Odds are your farmer bacon is slightly more brown because they are using less sodium nitrate, or because your farmer is not using some of the more sophisticated (and perhaps questionable) techniques for preserving colour such as packing the meath in low oxygen environments.

4. Rick Anderson - May 17, 2013

Give up Bacon? Never happen.It’s not at all difficult to make your own “processed” meats. I make my own bacon, sausage, pepperoni etc. and it is all done old school and chemical free. Sure it takes time to do but I think my family is worth it.

becmay - June 26, 2013

Good for you Rick~~would love it if you would share more on making your own bacon & such!!

Horace Shmorace - December 6, 2013

Right on.

5. misterpete4u - May 18, 2013

Sadly, most people who enjoy unhealthy foods will continue to consume them and find ways to justify their consumption, regardless of the health risks. This is the world we live in, where large greedy corporations are successfully putting profits before consumer health. Most people are uncomfortable with change, even if may save their life.

6. Patrick Henderson - May 18, 2013

We as African Americans suffer from colo-rectal cancer at a higher rate than other racial groups. We eat a lot of lunch meat because it is cheaper and convenient, especially if we have children. This article informs, but will we read it and make the necessary changes to help us live healthier lives? I hope so, we have so much to live for, and our children deserve our attention to this because the quality of their lives depends on the choices we make while they are children.

7. Lori (@LoriLWoods) - May 18, 2013

“Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite.”

Not true. While they may not produce these kinds of numbers, red meat, even “fresh, non-processed,” increases risk of cancer and heart disease. Many studies have shown this.

janedoe1994 - May 23, 2013

This is because of the diet that most livestock producers feed the animals. They are fed a high grain diet which is heavily contaminated with pesticides and herbicides. They are also learning that GMO’s fed to animals that enter the food chain are harmful to our health. Organically raised livestock that are themselves fed the diet that nature intended, do not have carcinogenic properties in their meat.

8. Lynette Lee Nelson - May 18, 2013

My family stopped eating all meat in December, for health and welfare purposes. These findings by the WCRF are not surprising to me as we have known for a while that processed meats aren’t healthy but the fact that it’s finally coming out in such a way as this is stunning. Now my thoughts are turned to the millions of people that will continue to eat these cancerous foods because it’s how they were raised and it’s what they like. The truth doesn’t always set people free, especially if they refuse to acknowledge it.

Fred Lyman - December 9, 2013

Lynette, I saw it as just the reverse of the way you did.
I thought to myself as I was reading the article, ‘Aha! Finally, an explanation for all those reports of red meats being “dangerous’ or ‘carcinigenic’ when in fact, I know of so much evidence to the contrary, usually coming from people who insist on grass fed, antibiotic and chemical free meats usually raised locally and acquired from suppliers one knows and trusts.’

9. Sam Chung - May 18, 2013

Always reading ingredient labels is an educational tool to help consumers understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label to make informed food choices.

10. vam - May 18, 2013

Reblogged this and commented:
Could shock some people into some very benign realisations !

11. Karen Yeager (@yeager12) - May 18, 2013

No wonder so many get cancer in the U.S. Processed meats do it.

12. lulusfreakyhealthtips - May 18, 2013

Reblogged this on and commented:
Information is power. Take charge of your Health!

13. Robin Kilgore - May 18, 2013

Thank you ❤

14. Mediha Hilmi - May 19, 2013

Not suprised. Short sighted and corrupt = death or a huge scale.

15. Joan Williamson - May 19, 2013

How many people have to suffer the horrible consequences of consuming sodium nitrite before it is taken off the market? Is greed truly our top priority? We are paying for this mistake in human suffering. I’m committed to a clean future without exposure to this dangerous chemical and will work to help educate others to this immediate threat.

Annette Machado - December 7, 2013

Nice.. so glad to hear someone who is taking up the cause to educate others. I cannot believe reading some of these posts to see how many people are so stuck in their way of thinking.

16. Justin Crafts - May 19, 2013

If everyone stopped buying these foods for one month you would see some changes

17. Guy C. Miller Sr. - May 19, 2013

In other words what your saying, Adam, is that it’s MONEY and POWER that’s the problem. Which it is!!! But truthfully the whole system is messed up. The pharmaceutical industry, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Trade Commission would not allow the changes you or we want and need. There’s a multi-billion dollar business out there that employee many thousands of people that is not going to allow a cure for cancer to be discovered. I would not be surprised if there really was a cure right now but the loss of billions and mass unemployment means more to these multi-billion dollar companies than anything else. There is no consequences to the action these companies make. NONE!!!!!

18. Geoff Melnick - May 19, 2013

The main reason they use it is to prevent botulism. It also inhibits growth of other spoiling bacteria. It is also used against heart attacks and strokes.
It is poisonous to humans in large quantities, but not in the quantities used in meat preservation. Nevertheless, it is sensible to cut back anyway on processed meats.
Nitrosamines may be formed if the meat is overcooked. They may also form due to acidity in the stomach, but this can be prevented by adding vitamin C. The FDA mandates addition of vitamin C alongside sodium nitrite for this very reason.
Also, if you look for sodium nitrite on the ingredients this won’t necessarily help. It more usually appears as E250.

muddylady - May 27, 2013

Thanks for the info regarding it’s other name!

19. Geoff Melnick - May 19, 2013

By the way, what the World Cancer Research Fund actually says is a bit less dramatic than “should stop buying and eating…for the rest of their lives”. They actually said:

“Overall, there is strong evidence of a link between processed meat and bowel cancer. Being aware of the risk means that you can make an informed choice to avoid, or cut down on, processed meat as you wish.”

20. Геррит Ван Алмсицк - May 19, 2013

how does processing (or which processing does) affect the amount or existence of sodium nitrite in red meat?

and for how many years do i have to eat 50 grams of processed red meat per day to have a 21% increase in pancreatic cancer risk?

also, the statement “no pancreatic cancer risk for anyone not eating sodium nitrite” is most likely false.

21. Megan Kerkhoff - May 19, 2013

Reblogged this on Wisconsin Wellness

22. richsumares - May 20, 2013

Reblogged this on The Why and commented:
I stumbled across this post by Dreamhealer. I can only say that I am glad I do not eat processed meats and have not for quite some time. I am also glad to see that the science exposing the products is being released so that public have the chance to view it. I can only hope that everyone gets to see the kind of poisons they are putting into their own bodies.

23. Pinne (@PennePin) - May 20, 2013

This is not a surprise, but I’m glad to see the research coming out now to support what’s been known since the 70’s. People simply must stop buying these products – it’s the only way to change anything. In addition, ALL commercial meats are crap, nevermind the animal abuse practices of commercial farming. If you can’t go vegan, at least buy a share into a local, organic meat supplier, who will butcher and package for you. Those are the only choices other than raising your own..

24. LoudMouthintheBalcony - May 20, 2013

Hi, this was first reported six years ago on the WCRF site and a couple of blogs and has recently resurfaced. However, the only mention of processed meats from that 2007 study doesn’t make these claims at all. It specifically addresses the relationship between processed meats, colorectal cancer and physical inactivity.

Do you have any sources that we can use to fact-check?

25. Bill Goode - May 20, 2013

Do you have a link to the study or an abstract? I don’t doubt that this is true, but I’d like to verify it from the source document.

26. Alan L Baughman - May 21, 2013

Have links to any of these studies you’ve quoted here? Not disagreeing with you, but sources would be nice

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28. DIVINATURA (@DIVINATURA) - May 21, 2013

good article ! thank you

29. Ava Adams - May 21, 2013

What about chicken? It’s injected with antibiotics and hormones too and subject to the risk of MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria (which poultry from slaughterhouses has been found to have 50% contamination with antibiotic resistant bacterias in US) if it is factory farm produced.

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31. Danny Fullager - May 21, 2013

You forgot to mention DSG, which is what most people use that advertise that they don’t use MSG. DSG is “super MSG” that was invented in the 1970’s.

32. Laura Noguez - May 21, 2013

Or you could just get the nitrate free meat.

Scott - November 21, 2013

Nitrate/nitrite-free products are deceptive. These nitrate/nitrite-free products typically use celery powder, which is very high in nitrite, because some sort of preservative is required in producing cured products safely (this has been true for the centuries that these products have been made).

In fact, since celery powder is not regulated by the FDA or USDA, it is often used much more liberally than sodium nitrite. Processors may also be more liberal with its use because its nitrite content is more variable than sodium nitrite, the nitrite content of which is regulated at 6.25%. Because it is essential for food safety processors need to ensure that a sufficient quantity is present on the meat. This means that by buying nitrite/nitrate-free products, you may, in fact, be consuming a larger quantity of nitrite/nitrates than had you purchased the conventional stuff.

33. Scott W Kelley - May 21, 2013

Outstanding I must say, I can’t wait to find out what else I have been experimented with, I have had cancer, I have diverticulitis and am constantly depressed. To find out that this could have been avoided but was allowed and I was always in belief that everything was approved for safety, ahhh, I was wrong to believe that I guess. I hope Peanut butter and Jelly is still good. I hope the pudding I feed my kids is okay? I hope the store brand cereal bar is okay? Oh the box cereal too and the milk, the butter, the eggs and all the cheese we eat…oh no, this is some great news.
The new rule. If I am buying anything anymore, when I look at the package and it says sugar I will look at the ingredients to make sure it says 100% sugar and nothing added.

34. imahealmyself - May 21, 2013

You can buy “Natural” nitrite free bacon now…is this safe?

35. Phil Dosa (@PSDosa) - May 21, 2013

This food looks like its bad. Maybe we should make it look good and in the process make it actually bad. Fail.

36. sourcematerial2013 - May 21, 2013

Hi Adam,

The article you have re-posted is incorrect:

WCRF do not state that processed meat is too dangerous for human consumption. If the site who wrote the article actually looked at the source material and cited it then they would see this for themselves. However, as they haven’t, I will post it hear:

Here is WCRF’s recommendation based on scientific evidence (there is a link to download the report where you can see the studies they used to arrive at this conclusion):

Some general information and advice about red and processed meat and cancer:

And finally a leaflet to download:

37. Ryan Madore - May 21, 2013

It say’s a lot about a country when their prime interest is corporations and money… I think it’s time for this system of ours to be taken down and rebuilt by the people. I shouldn’t have to live in a country where you don’t even know if your next meal is filled with poison.

38. elsiemahler - May 21, 2013

it’s just sad. most of the people who eat that stuff won’t be reading this.

39. Sae Do Na Journey - May 21, 2013

Like we’ve said from the 60s. Now do you believe us?

40. Sae Do Na Journey - May 21, 2013

Maybe its time for a class action law suit by cancer survivers who ate this c–p.

41. Mary Cudd Morgan - May 21, 2013

you are saying don’t eat any red meat served by retaurants?? Like a fine dining establishment, you should not order a steak?

42. steviemk (@steviemk1) - May 21, 2013

not all bacon and sausage contains sodium nitrate or MSG. Purchasing your meats from local butchers can prevent this.
The sausage i buy is pork ground on site and seasoned with
fennel and sage. The bacon is locally smoked with no added
seasoning or chemicals. I pay a better price for my meat than
I would at Walmart, Target, Shop-n-Save, etc. I keep my local
grocer in buisness and know what I’m getting for my money.

43. Paul Armstrong - May 21, 2013

Quote,” Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.”

Are you serious in writing this? Did you do any actual research or even bother to look at the primary source?

The actual article from WCRF states, “Public health goal: Population average consumption of red meat to be no more than 300 g (11 oz) a week, very little if any of which to be processed &
Personal recommendation: People who eat red meat to consume less than 500 g (18 oz) a week, very little if any to be processed.”

No where in this article did it say what you claim. And while I agree with many of your statements, they are not a scientific fact and you provided no references to support your claim.

I like the idea behind this article but your research methods and writing need work.

Dreamhealer - May 22, 2013

If you scroll to the bottom of the post you will see that this is a re-post of an article. I did not write this article.

ryanmerket - May 23, 2013

…again, maybe you should have researched the ‘facts’ of the article before reposting them on your blog. This, folks, is why blogs should not be taken seriously.

44. Chefpope Alliekatt - May 21, 2013

I can live without most of that, even pepperoni on my pizza. I make homemade sausage with just herbs, spices, black pepper, sugar and salt. Heck, I make most of this stuff homemade. But you will never, ever, ever, ever part me from that holy grail of BACON.

45. Claw Ciampi - May 21, 2013

Not well researched at all. Our ancestors survived long harsh winters eating preserved meats using “salt peter”… potassium nitrate. Perhaps we should go back to potassium instead of sodium.

But i would agree to stay away from food made with the pink slime, MSG, BPA, Bt-toxin from GMOs, fluoride, and other crap in our food. You wanna look for culprits to increasing cancer, well, thar ya go…

doctorstinkface - May 29, 2013

If you want to avoid MSG, you’re going to need to also avoid: tomatoes, olives, cheese, meat, fish, nori, soy sauce, worcestershrie sauce, miso, etc. etc.

MSG is completely harmless. It is a huge urban myth. Go ahead and look up MSG on Wikipedia, or Google.

46. Patricia Ann Caissie - May 21, 2013

i have not stopped eating meats altogether but i stopped alot of it ,,i now eat chicken and fish mostly

47. Spencer Leava - May 21, 2013

MSG isnt a dangerous additive. Its naturally found in health foods such as tomatoes, and seaweed.

48. Michel Bingen - May 21, 2013

monosodium glutamate = china syndrome and all the other additives and addictives = new world order syndrome all poison !

49. Lori Alayne Weber Miller - May 21, 2013

“There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries (like camu camu) helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. ” …..Make sure and have your orange juice with your bacon. 😉

50. Greg Griffin - May 21, 2013

My grocery store has nitrite-free bacon (uses naturally-occuring celery nitrite , nitrite-free beef jerky (used lactic acid starter culture and salt), and nitrite-free sausages. I’ve also bought pork bellies and have made my own bacon without using nitrites. I make my own sausage to avoid nitrites, though mt farmer does offer nitrite-free sausage. This article has some great information (avoiding nitrites and MSG), but we all know that most people will simply read the headlines and skim through the article picking up bits and pieces. Then, they will conclude that all processed meat has nitrites and/or is damaging to health when this isn’t the case. The article’s first paragraph should talk how there are many companies who produce processed meats without the use of nitrites, and some restaurants who purchase from these companies. The article tells us to check labels. But, if they wanted people to chose nitrite-free meats, the author should say this soon after stating that people avoid processed meats, and should tell us to look for brands that are nitrite free.

doctorstinkface - May 29, 2013

Nitrates and nitrates extracted from celery and from chemical processes are the exact same compounds. Celery-sourced nitrates are just as harmful to your health, and bacon cured with celery is by no stretch of the imagination nitrate-free.

How are you curing bacon without the use of nitrates? Is it simply cured with kosher salt + spices, then smoked? Smoking the bacon introduces carcinogens which technically are also very bad for you.

51. eric day horton (@owneraudis4) - May 21, 2013

So then how come the Nitrates that are found in all natural foods such as carrots and spinach (that all these natural healer hippy dippy jerk offs swear by) that are than converted into sodium nitrites in your digestive system does not cause cancer. This is an old study from over 20 years ago that was proven to be false.

52. mick1407 - May 21, 2013

Do you have a link to the WCRF review? I’m not finding it on their website for some reason.

53. Jeremy Gillick - May 21, 2013

Link to the original research paper from wcrf?

54. Muhammed Malik - May 21, 2013

That’s why in chinese restaurants you rarely ever see the employees eating the food that they make there, just vegetables and rice. Just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

55. Eric Whitehead - May 21, 2013

excuse me, sir. do you have a link for that study? that would be great. thanks.

56. Mark Bell - May 21, 2013


Turns out the study doesn’t say that clear statement “too dangerous.” At least so far as I can see. The thing that troubles me is that the blogosphere picks up information of the sort that is found in the 855 page report, and then they toss off statements like “bluntly stating that … dangerous for human consumption.” Yet none of those words appear in the report.

The report issues similar warnings on red meat and deep frying, among quite a few others. And how are the warnings phrased? Here’s the one on processed meat:

“The summary relative risk was 1.18 (95% CI = 1.10-1.28, I2 = 12%, P heterogeneity = 0.33, nine studies) for colorectal cancer for each 50g/day increase in processed meat, 1.24 (95% CI = 1.13-1.36, I2 = 0%, P heterogeneity = 0.55, nine studies) for colon cancer and 1.12 (95% CI = 0.99-1.28, I2 = 0%, P heterogeneity = 0.56, eight studies) for rectal cancer.”

Yes, they increase risk. And that’s all the study actually says.

57. phuong (@phuongmai) - May 21, 2013

The site this “article” is lifted from has no evidence from any accredited organization saying processed meat is too dangerous for human consumption. In fact, only one is a respectable organization, and it says that processed meat is fine within limits, and the risk isn’t significant.

58. Johnathan Dougherty - May 21, 2013

Processed meats declared safe for human consumption:


Moderation, people.

59. Hunter Briggs (@hunarSheepwolf) - May 21, 2013

Lol there is so much that is not correct about this. I have grade 11 chemistry and i can see all the inaccuracies. It’s only cancer causing when the meat is burned/overcooked and there is also more of it found naturally in vegetables. Nitrosamines are what you get when you burn salts(that is what sodium nitrite is -.-) and those are what can cause cancer, not the sodium nitrite itself.

60. Ethan Chou - May 21, 2013

Again, good luck with trying to “ban bacon”. Where does one even get fresh bacon?!

61. Lisa Bowen - May 21, 2013

The first time I heard of sodium nitrate was when my father refused to let our family eat hot dogs. He said it caused cancer. It was 1966.

62. Zina Taran - May 21, 2013

I am a bit lost and need help. It says each 50 g serving of processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%. So, say, I probably would have *at least 4-5* of those servings a week… so, conservatively, 4*52=208 a year. Say, I ate that way for the last 40 years of my 29 year old life. 208*40=8320 servings. 21%… So, eating 8320 servings yields 1.21^8320 = (number for which Excel does not have enough digits) of higher chance… Unless it’s every time 21% to the original, then it’s “only” 10067.2 times the original.

Am I dead or simply dumb?

63. Robynn Nelson - May 21, 2013

This article is very informative, a little scary to read and very necessary. But to suggest buying “exotic fruits? That will just add to our import of produce to the country, already something which is a much too large industry that is impacting the world’s resources. This is a time where we need to become more self-sufficient, grow more of our own food and seek local options.

64. Zina Taran - May 21, 2013

ah nevermind. I misread. it’s 21% over the life of eating 50 g daily. I am not dead, I am dumb.

65. Kathleen M. Mandeville - May 21, 2013

this has got to stop. all the chemicals that are put in everything you buy is needless. fresh produce has so many chemicals on it. to get it all off you need to wash 3 times and hope you have it all off. that is not including how it is grown so then they are on the inside also. the world has gone crazy with chemicals not a one is good for anything really.

66. Gregory Peterson - May 21, 2013

Wow for the love of money they will kill you.

67. Chip Chapin - May 21, 2013

This article goes to great length to explain the dangers of sodium nitrate, and then condemns monosodium glutamate, a sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids. But…..never explains any risks of MSG.

68. Athina McLendon - May 21, 2013

I believe all this and I try to inform my Family about this , but I am having no success ! They do not want to hear my “Healthy” tips!
Maybe they can accept it from You! Please keep informing America!
Thank you!

69. Marko Weis (@markowize) - May 21, 2013

I looked into this to try and get a bit less biased information on the matter, so here’s what I found:

While it is true that Sodium Nitrite causes a desirable coloring, its use is foremostly that of a preservative which is especially effective against botox-producing bacteria. It is not a carcinogenic (although it is toxic in higher amounts) but its relation to (carcinogenic) Nitrosamines has been known for decades. (A problem common to other salts as well). The desirable relation to Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is also known, therefore it is commonly added to such products.

The Nitrosamine problem also has nothing to do with red meat by itself, it affects to some degree a large amount of food (including fish, cheese and vegetables), but in particular everything pickled (especially when heated). It just so happens that white meat is not commonly pickled.

So while heeding the advice to avoid preserved red meat certainly will positively impact Nitrosamine risk, it isn’t really all-encompassing. The concerned reader is best adviced to inform themselves on the matter.

Furthermore, avoiding food with monosodium glutamate is pretty much impossible, as it is one of the most common naturally occuring amino acids. Its use a food additive, while debatable, has not been demonstrated to be a safety concern.

70. Jeremy Hilton - May 21, 2013

How much sodium nitrite will I ingest if I consume spinach or arugula?

71. Brenden Hester - May 21, 2013

So many things can give you cancer that it becomes moot to blame products that we have been enjoying all you lives, and been fine. One of the key points in toxicology is that the dose makes the poison, meaning that anything can be deadly if taken too much, and too often. I mean for goodness sake burnt toast can give you cancer!

72. Bruce Chestnut - May 21, 2013

This article makes is logical and makes perfect sense. I did some research on what might cause cancer back in the seventies after my father died from it….Even back then, we were told it was a suspected carcinogen when nitrates are heated up, they became a different chemical which may cause cancer….I is not hard to understand the job of the FDA and USDA’S job being compromised by big money industries who could lobby and keep the government hush so that they could continue to make money selling their products that are hazardous to the American public….

73. TheAverageJoe - May 21, 2013

Reblogged this on The American Resolution Newsblog and commented:
And they called us “conspiracy theorists”. The World Health Organizations admits process meats are too dangerous for human consumption.

74. Mike Robinson - May 21, 2013

Link to study on WCRF website or it didn’t happen

75. SidevieW - May 21, 2013

The USA needs better laws governing contributions from organisations to politicians, declarations, limits etc, a limited stay for politicians in various levels of government,

How a country supposedly so educated has let themselves come to this state…..

76. Jannine Murray - May 22, 2013

Great article and well put! I’ve always told my clients to not buy subway as its false advertising.

When you said don’t buy meats form restaurants or hotels, is this simply because the source they buy meat from would put nitrates in it?

77. Carly Grummisch - May 22, 2013

Great article, is there a link to the WCRF review please?

78. Apple Marie A. Agolong - May 22, 2013

Im already deprived! I am eating almost everything in the list!

79. Brian May (@thebrianmay) - May 22, 2013

Hello ! Could you provide me with the link to the original article/study/conclusion of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) ? thanks. Brian MAY

80. Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) - May 22, 2013

G’day! While I can understand the link between diet and cancer, was wondering how wine factors in as contains sodium nitrite and yet red wine recommended to improve health

81. Matthew Barone - May 22, 2013

Processed meats have plenty of ways to harm your health, but it’s not because of sodium nitrite. Since 1970 cured meat manufacturers have been required to use an antioxidant to inhibit nitrosamine formation. Our bodies convert sodium nitrate to nitrite when we eat vegetables. This ends up being a relatively higher source of sodium nitrite in our diets than processed meat (depending on how much you eat).

82. Alex Hatcher - May 22, 2013

post the study please.
“A 2005 University of Hawaii study…..”

83. Juan Camilo Arias H. - May 22, 2013

Camu Camu is an amazonic fruit very comun im my country but no funds to produce it. Any help?

84. wanderlust misfit - May 22, 2013

it’s going around facebook. congrats and thank you for the well written, extremely eye-opening article.

85. jerzy samolej (@novoc41n3) - May 22, 2013

how about a link to that “report”?

86. Pepijn Boelens - May 22, 2013

But – I just checked: no need to worry about any meats in my hotel menu except for the sausage platters on the breakfast buffet. And there guests can pick and coose themselves.

Just generally damning all hotels as serving this sh** is a bit overly harsh – and risks undermining the valid points made in this article.

Also as a hotelier I hate getting these sweeping accusations aimed at the industry as a whole, because half-informed people will confront me about it at some point.

87. sarfarazar - May 22, 2013

Reblogged this on Rome1977 and commented:
Something important for us to understand. change our dietary habits

88. cronegeek - May 22, 2013

First study done in 2007. But why did we never see these reports in the mainstream media? Blog of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine of 5/24/11 says “Processed meat is so strongly linked with colorectal cancer that no one should ever eat it, according to a new report by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.” See “Enough is Enough: Processed Meat-Cancer Link Confirmed” at http://www.pcrm.org/media/blog/may2011/enough-is-enough-processed-meat-cancer-link. I only learned about this today because my brother posted a link to your blog post on Facebook.

89. boeserbrau - May 22, 2013

Interesting article, and well written! Doesn’t seem that there are many options left out there for us meat lovers.

90. Justin Kinser - May 22, 2013

That review says absolutely nothing that you’ve claimed here. To begin with, it doesn’t differentiate between processed and red meats, nowhere does it draw any conclusions about cancer causation and it certainly does not link cancer to “processed meats.”

Want to see an actual study about Sodium Nitrite?


From the abstract:
//In the 2-year study w/ rats… …The incidences of mononuclear cell leukemia were significantly decreased in males and females exposed to 1500 or 3000 ppm.//

Yes, Sodium Nitrite can form Nitrosamines if they react under significant levels of heat with naturally-occurring amines for long periods. This happens in “natural” and “organic” foods as well. Fortunately, most of us keep meat refrigerated. Either way, carcinogenic Nitrosamines would have to form BEFORE ingestion and the amount of time and heat required to get a worrisome level would more than spoil the meat anyway. Ingesting regular sodium nitrite is otherwise completely harmless as noted in the study.

Also, ingesting vitamin C has never once been demonstrated to reduce cancer risk, nor does it in any way inhibit the formation of nitrosamines, since Nitrosamines are formed PRIOR to ingestion. Vitamin C inside the body can’t stop chemical reactions outside the body.

91. Matthew Persico - May 22, 2013

Where is the link to this report?

92. Steve Absalom - May 22, 2013
93. Christine Strachan Thomas - May 22, 2013

My mother , after much trial and error, deduced ,on her own , that she was allergic to sodium nitrites. She would develop a severe headache. After she came to this conclusion she began to read up on nitrites and found out they are BANNED in Norway! A side note, our family is of Norwegian decent.

94. John McLaughlin - May 22, 2013

Could you list the sources? THE WCRF article, the Univ of Hawaii research, the USDA legislation proposed in the 1970’s, and the research and evidence of natural vitamin C effects? I like to be able to follow the facts and data.

95. Vince Fletcher - May 22, 2013

Aww man, not bacon!

96. farasha360 - May 22, 2013

But isn’t sodium nitrite found in celery also?

97. Chris Sharks - May 22, 2013

Great Post Thank You for the information!

98. wesmantoddshaw - May 22, 2013

Reblogged this on The Nonconformist.

99. Governmental Deception - May 22, 2013

Reblogged this on Governmental Deception.

100. Bryan Arguello - May 22, 2013

Adam, do you have sources for the study you summarize?

101. Lynn Ehli Lawe - May 22, 2013

Okay folks, there has always been alternatives to all these products. They say “Uncured” on the package and are usually sold at stores like Whole Foods, Central Market and even Trader Joes. Although even one of the major bacon labels has been offering a product that does not contain Sodium Nitrates or Nitrites. Like they say in the article, read the label.

102. Brandon DeBruler - May 22, 2013

definitely something worth looking into

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104. Jonathan Turcotte - May 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing, I stopped eating processed food years ago, except for the odd time time out for the fact that process food has no nutritional value, usually created with the use of crap food scraps they make look like real food by doing exactly as this article says, by using dangerous chemicals to alter and preserve. It sickening to think that the FDA and USDA along with the producers of this garbage know their fake food is dangerous to those who consume it. How many Hotdogs did you eat growing up??? Information is helping humans and other animals live healthier lives, please share this post to help others save themselves and their children.

105. cafemoi - May 22, 2013

Let’s be clear here — association cannot be used to determine causation. It is complete folly. Every one of these meats is typically consumed with bread or other high GI products. You cannot ignore the high number of insulin receptors in cancer cells just because you don’t want to believe your healthy whole grains might be promoting cancer growth or hundreds of millions of people may starve if we decide sugar is cancerous.

I would like to see demonstrable, level 1 evidence.

106. Keith Fawcett - May 22, 2013

and yet, why can i buy nitrate as a “supplement” from AOL, one of the most respected supplement manufacturers in the world? And L-Arginine as as a precursor to nitrate? I’m thinking that Sopressata might actually be a “healthy” choice

107. Douglas Hollis - May 22, 2013

This is bogus, unfortunately. The World Cancer Research Fund only states that we should generally AVOID processed meats. Not NEVER AGAIN eat theme for fear of death.

108. CelesteandAaron Grau - May 22, 2013

To read the original article – with an update addressing the “scaremongering” accusation – please go here: http://institutefornaturalhealing.com/2012/04/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/

109. Ajand Shamloo - May 22, 2013

While I agree that processed meats are not the best for you compared to fresh meats, their health consequences do not come from sodium nitrate. The lethal dose for a 65kg person is 4.6 grams of sodium nitrate in one sitting. Processed meats contain only 0.2 – 0.65% per kilogram of that lethal dose of 4.6 grams.

As stated above, Nitrosamine formation is inhibited by ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in processed meats. It is law that meat processors in the US add vitamin C to their products, and in high enough concentrations to effectively inhibit nitrosamine formation.

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

B.S. Microbiology, Chemistry

110. RobWhite (@RobWhite) - May 22, 2013

Out of curiosity, what scientific reports are you citing in your statement that monosodium glutamate is a dangerous additive?

111. Michael Bell - May 22, 2013

Oh, please, please do your own research.

112. lukedavidjohnson - May 22, 2013

This is total bullshit. There is no science behind nitrates having any adverse health affects and you get just as much or more of it from eating celery. Just because there is a statistical correlation between cancer and consumption rates of processed meats does not conclude causality. People who eat processed meats most certainly have hundreds of other cancer related consumption habits and lifestyles. A bacon burger munching guy is more likely to be an alcoholic smoker with diabetes and works in a coal mine than a celery crunching vegan who teaches yoga and loves lentils and sprouted grains. They both eat tons of nitrates but singling out processed meats as an indicator only gets a misleading correlation.

113. Tobye Hillier - May 22, 2013

Pork is a white meat, it’s turned red during the preserving process and the nitrites are part of that process. Proper organic pork is an off-white colour and doesn’t spew water when it’s cooked. It’s the preserved meats we need to rid from our diets, there’s nothing wrong with decent organic, ethically sourced red meat in moderation.

114. John Tunmire - May 22, 2013

Sodium Nitrite is used to stop Botulism.

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116. Erin King - May 22, 2013

This question might have already been asked, but where is the WHO research or any of the others mentioned? Can you provide links?

117. Brock Gallant (@divorceebrock) - May 22, 2013

Our response to social media story on processed meat

22 May 2013

We are aware of a story circulating social media and blog sites claiming to represent World Cancer Research Fund International’s position on processed meat. We had no involvement in the production of this article. The statement below is a true reflection of our stance on processed meat:

World Cancer Research Fund International recommends avoiding processed meat. This is the conclusion of an independent panel of leading scientists who, following the biggest review of international research ever undertaken, judged the evidence that processed meat increases the risk of bowel cancer to be convincing. This review was done in 2007 and was subsequently confirmed in 2011.

There is a continual, growing body of scientific evidence that highlights the health risks of eating processed meat. It is estimated that there would be 4,000 fewer cases of bowel cancer in the UK if people consumed less than 70g of processed meat a week (equivalent to three rashers of bacon). This is why we recommend people avoid it. The articles talking about processed meat being ‘too dangerous for human consumption’ are unhelpful and scaremongering. We would say that if people can’t cut out processed meat completely they should cut down. WCRF International advocates a sensible, healthy, balanced diet.

118. Heather Mitchell - May 22, 2013

The report says you’re wrong lukedavidjohnson.

“Most vegetables fall somewhere between 1.1 and 57 mg/kg…Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that inhibit the production of nitrosamines ( a carcinogenic chemical).” I just looked up the calculation for nitrites for sausage – 201.71 mg/kg. …

Confounding variables such as lifestyle can be accounted for during statistical analyses. Check out the report for more info.


119. carlamariate - May 22, 2013

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120. Samantha L Green - May 22, 2013

Wow so many uninformed people talking about celery, ban bacon, etc. Assuming you have already read the article, then we’ll skip all that.

Sodium Nitrate aka salt peter is a preservative that keeps meat from going bad. Commonly used in bacon to cure the bacon, this is why bacon can have a longer shelf life than chicken. This man made chemical, like most increase the chance to get A or B or C or D cancer.

All cancer is the same, just different parts of your body. Everyone has cancer, it forms at the cell level when your body ages, older you get the more cancer cells you accumulate, once a particular body part has so many of these defects, you are then diagnosed with a type of cancer.

Sooo… if you would like to decrease the chances of getting a particular type of cancer than you should stop consuming sodium nitrate, MSG, salt peter. Find a local market that isn’t a Walmart to buy your beef from; a local one would be less likely to use any preservative. Walmart imports from the cheapest supplier, typically from another country which means the beef has to have preservatives to keep from going bad. Some grocery stores do too, ask who supplies their beef and call them.

Hope this helps.

MrPete - May 24, 2013

Samantha, your comment is full of misinformation.

All cancer is NOT the same. Some has chemical origins. Some caused by bacteria. Some from viruses.

NOT everyone has cancer. Cancer is out-of-control cell growth. If we all had cancer, it would be obvious.

You’re also wrong about Walmart. Walmart is now the world’s largest promoter and purchaser of locally grown food. They now have specific parameters available to their buyers enabling them to see and prioritize based on distance-to-market.

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122. ettelra - May 22, 2013

Reblogged this on In Our Nature and commented:
That’s a shame. Even the food industry is corrupt.

123. Michelle Kellner - May 22, 2013

Ok is this any and all red meat sold in stores? So basically everything not local and organic?

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125. louloubones - May 22, 2013

Please post links to the studies you have cited in the article. I would like to see evidence before I quit bacon. Especially since you recommend “Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.”

126. Tory Harder Films - May 23, 2013

Reblogged this on Tory Harder's Blog and commented:
Makes me re-think what I should be doing with my diet.

127. Meir G. - May 23, 2013

Reblogged this on Village Green LLC and commented:

Here is an article my sister sent me the link of. It is an extremely quick read!! I have been trying to find out information leading up to this, but have not had the time nor the resources to do so. Please read this article and avoid proccesed meats which contain sodium nitrate at ALL COSTS.
As many of you know I lost my mother to Lukeima almost a year ago and I am trying to understand the many ways cancer could form. There are many forms of cancer and the worst part is each and every one of them are linked to what we put in to our bodies. This means most cancers can be prevented or at least considerably slowed down by having a proper diet and proper exercise. The worst part is what people are fed during the months of recovery in the hospitals. I saw what my mother was given to eat and I did not agree with it one bit. I tried to get in touch with the the nutritinoist, but was never able to. I struggle to help every single person just as much as I help myself in regards to health and wellness. I am here for anyone who needs to ask a question or needs a partner in beomcing a better person.
As this article states and I completely agree with, The United States governemnt no longer has control over the food industry. Big business has had control over it since the 1970’s. I want to write a post on the history of why our government has failed the world in the area of food safety and health and wellness. But that is for another time. I bid everyone a safe day and remember. YOUR BODY IS YOUR STONGEST MEDICINE, TREAT IT CORRECTLY AND IT WILL HEAL YOU!!

Annette Machado - December 7, 2013

well said!

128. Wes N Samantha - May 23, 2013

Processed meats. Like the ones used at every SUBWAY location ?? Is Jared now at a higher risk for of cancer because he used SUBWAY to lose weight ?

129. Daniel Wathen - May 23, 2013

To the people in denial: This is not new information at all! The SAD diet (Standard American Diet) of industrialized and processed foods has been weakening our resilience for nearly more than 2 generations, and not only is cancer on the rise, but a whole assortment of ailments have arisen even unto the likeness of Autism due to weakened immune systems and poor colon floral environments affecting overall immunity and body/brain development in children and adults! The best way around it is to eat fresh foods, eat traditionally fermented “super foods” (like homemade pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi), avoid these processed foods, eat your vitamins from a variety of sources, and be physically active. Protect your immune system! Because health is all you have between you and the grave.

130. l3gaci - May 23, 2013

Reblogged this on L3GACI.

131. anpadh - May 23, 2013

All of these types of articles provide good information but what it always boils down to is this: Eat & drink in moderation (until you’re nearly full but not completely full), eat more vegetables and fruits than meats, eat and drink a large variety of vegetables and fruits and make sure they’re all fresh, avoid food and activities that you know are bad for you, get enough rest, enough exercise, maintain personal hygiene, and don’t stress too much about anything.

Anyone who can do all of these things will probably live a longer and healthier life than most people.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. So, most of us cannot do most of these things most of the time.

132. Nite Shade - May 23, 2013

The headline is a bit misleading and hyperbolic. It should say “Processed Meats With Sodium Nitrate Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption”.

I specifically find meats that don’t have SN or MSG in it, and fortunately where I live (SoCal) it’s not that hard, places like Trader Joe’s carry lots of organic products and many meat choices that are SN/MSG free, even the chain grocery stores are carrying more SN-free products here. [Whole Foods does as well — though I’m not a big fan of Wholepaycheck for a variety of other reasons]

133. Gerrenn Jennings - May 23, 2013

I think this is a joke… If these meats carried these kinds of numbers, we would have seen cancer spikes in the 60 and 70’s. I have passed this on to my DR who calls BS…. These are only harmful if you eat them for 3 meals every day.

134. livestockliteracy - May 23, 2013

THIS IS COMPLETELY FALSE! Sodium nitrate is a mineral found naturally in the earth. It is converted to Sodium nitrite when we eat it – simple chemistry. It is used to preserve meat because the sodium literally dehydrates bacteria that could potentially be on the meat, killing it (including the extremely dangerous clostridium bacteria.)
The only reason eating processed meat and cancer are linked are because if you eat too much of ANYTHING over a long period of time, chances are you are going to get sick. Obesity and cancer are can be pretty directly correlated, especially in the case of colon cancer. The world needs to stop blaming the incredibly safe food system, and start realizing that the problem lies in their own eating habits. Eat in moderation! Don’t overeat! Stick to correct portion sizes and exercise! Eating processed meat alone is not going to give you cancer. Organic food is not ever “better” for you, it’s food of the exact same nutritional quality. There is no such thing as meat that is completely “nitrate-free.”
The article to which this writing refers to does NOT say that the WCRF says to stop eating processed meats, either. My suggestion to people who believe this post – look up reliable sources before you start believing someone who has no credentials in the field whatsoever.

135. PositiveFemTalk (@positivefemtalk) - May 23, 2013

become a vegetarian and your skin will be clearer, your body will be healthier, you will live longer, you will have more energy, you will feel better!!!

136. Audrey Lein - May 23, 2013

Worst of all, they are not only feeding the public these foods that cause cancer, but they also treat the cancer with medications that block our ability to create new cancer fighting cells. Food Industry and Pharmaceutical Industry are going to destroy the future of the Earth worse than fossil fuels and pollution.

137. Zaven Keleshian - May 23, 2013

This sounds like pseudo-science to me. MSG and Nitrite are both naturally occurring and are found in comprable concentrations in vegetables such as Cauliflower, lettuce and mushrooms.

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139. Arlie D Wood - May 23, 2013

This article is partial truth and nonsense. Sodium Nitrite is used as a preservative in cured meats. Use of sodium nitrite in fresh meats, without labeling, is prohibited by law with heavy penalty for violation. I was a meatcutter for many years and a heavy consumer of processed meats for most of my ninety years. Any curing or seasoning product such as Morton’s Tender Quick or jerky seasonings contain explicit instructions as to the safe and proper ratio of sodium nitrite to be used. It must be fairly safe; I’m still here. Long story short; if red meat isn’t labeled as containing sodium nitrite, it don’t contain sodium nitrite.

140. Gerhart Huber - May 23, 2013

alot of false perseptions going on here. Also natually occuring celery in food products is a false perception of being nitrite free. Nitrite is nitrite no mattter what the source is. Manufacturers are only permitted to put in 150 -200ppm (parts per million) into food products. And when the product is cooked the nitrite breaks downs and will on end up be very low in the finshed product maybe in a range of anywhere from 0-80ppm (parts per million). If a meat product you by like a roast beef is grey in colour then there is no nititrie in the product. If the processed meat product is pink in colour then it contains nitirite. Nitire was formly know as “Salt Peter” and goes back in history as being used by the romans as a preservative. As I always say everything in moderation.

141. Jackie Wood - May 23, 2013

So basically at 62, and 63, with no medical issues, we should give up Ham and Bacon? NOT going to happen! We like eggs too, and are. probably gong to continue to do so. My husband had slight Type 2 diabetes, his is gone now. Mine was more severe, but is almost non-existent now. WE still eat red and processed meat, but we also know our blood sugar numbers and control our diet. All things in moderation!

142. Jen van der Vecht - May 23, 2013

Buy Organic. Problem solved.

143. Philippe Sigal - May 23, 2013

nothing new under the sun it less meat and make alone your own hot dog its easy do

144. Lewis Treston - May 23, 2013

Yet the average human life expectancy is rising to a problematic level. Maybe after a certain point we are just supposed to get cancer, and die.

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146. Robert - May 24, 2013

“Actually, only a small percentage of people are truly sensitive to the small doses of MSG used as a seasoning. Billions of Asians consume it daily. The Japanese also consume seaweed, the richest natural source of monosodium glutamate. This chronic long-term consumption does not seem to cause any problems. In regard to Alzheimer’s disease in particular, the Asian rates (including Japan) are a fraction of what they are in the West. It is also of interest that infusions of MSG are used in mainstream clinical practice to reduce high ammonia levels in the blood (hyper-ammonemia) by stimulating the conversion of glutamate to glutamine. Thus, both glutamate (as MSG) and glutamine are used by conventional medicine for treating several serious conditions.

147. shelley elmblad - May 24, 2013

I don’t eat processed meat for health reasons, and I think this information is probably true. However, I don’t understand why something like this is published without a link to the source (the review from the World Cancer Research Fund International). First of all, if this review exists, your readers should have a chance to take a look at the facts for themselves, and second, it’s a good journalist practice to link to what you’re citing. There’s not even a link to the 2005 U of H research. However, you’ve managed a link to your own workshop… 🙂

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149. Vincent Galindo - May 24, 2013

Forget that study! I’ll keep my bacon

150. maflewis (@maflewis) - May 24, 2013

I wish you would post references. How do we know any of this is true?

151. Momdad Mcleod - May 24, 2013

Here’s a reference to the dangers of processed meats: http://www.wcrf-uk.org/about_us/media/press_release.php?recid=213

152. Momdad Mcleod - May 24, 2013

Sausages, ham, bacon and other processed meats appear to increase the risk of dying young, a study of half a million people across Europe suggests. That’s a large number for the deniers!!!

153. Momdad Mcleod - May 24, 2013

Processed Meat Increases Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease & Early Death. For those who need references this study is published in the BCM journal of Medicine: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/257362.php

154. Momdad Mcleod - May 24, 2013

MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets?
This is controversial so why not play it safe and eliminate from diet or at least cut back until more research is complete?

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157. Kevin Tate - May 26, 2013

Thats how they keep the numbers down on the population of the world killing a few million off with cancer coursed by these chemicals other wise the world would be over populated , All governments of every country is involved

Robert - May 31, 2013

If human activity is not generating taxable events, then the activity is marginalized by governments and corporations. Curing people with simple methods then is ignored while every doctors appointment, prescription issued, and surgery performed generates enormous revenues for the economy. The incentive system is one that encourages disease, war, and man made disaster.

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159. PieHoleBlogger (APD) (@PieHoleBlogger) - May 27, 2013

Some of this is correct but some not.
– MSG naturally occurs in many foods and it is not dangerous for health. It’s found in tomatoes, mushrooms, other vegetables and breastmilk… should we stop eating these? (http://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/consumers/other-food-topics/msg/#.UZ0JRoKGnQM)

– Processed meats DO indeed have lots of research that they promote cancer and other health issues like cardiovascular disease if eaten regularly/in excess.

I’m a dietitian, here’s an article I wrote that reviewed some of the new independent research about fresh meat, processed meat and health: http://www.pieholeblogger.com/2013/05/what-ails-and-cures.html

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162. Kathy Burton - May 28, 2013

well this does not surprise me not one bit, Since we have such a great government that puts it’s people in harms way, Believe me I am not anti government But I am sick and tired of how our country is being ran, and you people better wake up and quit putting these same lousy polititions in office before we have a communist government.

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164. john chrapkowski (@johne3819) - May 28, 2013

“Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.”

So if I eat 500grams (just over a pound) of said meat, I have a 210% chance of getting cancer? Cause if so, I’m done for

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166. ColumbusCOOK (@ColumbusCOOK) - May 28, 2013

This article was great until the author seemed to have added “stay away from MSG” totally out of the blue. MSG is not bad for you and there is no scientific basis for it. It’s one of the main components of Seaweed, so that means all of china is unhealthy? Hardly.


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168. F-erenc Szabo - May 28, 2013

I don’t need science to tell me that. I eat processed meat and I feel like crap. I eat fresh vegetables and I feel like a million bucks. End of story. We’ve been avoiding MSG since I was a teenager in the 70’s, when it was becoming well known to be bad for you.

169. Nick Westbrooks - May 31, 2013

Reblogged this on The Manuscript and commented:
I stopped eating pork and beef about a year ago. I’m looking to cut out meat altogether, processed or unprocessed.

170. Cathy Moran Porteous - May 31, 2013

I agree with Jackie. I am 58 yrs. old and have consumed process foods for years. I have no health issues whatsoever. Perhaps I am one of the lucky people. I won’t change my diet unless absolutely necessary. If my Doctor says to cut this and that out, I probably won’t listen to him either. I live and eat every day the best I can. I am also a slim to moderate weight, so weight is not an issue. Research is research and our Government pays these individuals that do the research quite handsomly. I would love to know what they eat. Just Saying.

171. bikeamtn - May 31, 2013

This study locks-down further the health risks behind processed foods. I recall a press statement some 25 years ago by the US Food & Drug Admin. after a commissioned senate study on cancer that the disease was man-made. A byproduct of the environment and food delivered to us through manufacturing, which we use and consume. I still have the recorded NPR radio report.

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173. Suzanne - June 3, 2013

Reblogged this on My Journey to Health & Happiness and commented:
This is hardly surprising. I had given up all processed meat except for bacon, but I’m going to stop buying that now. Couldn’t find a single package of it without sodium nitrite. Good thing I can buy ground pork that is just pork, though!

174. Monique Hodgkinson - June 3, 2013

If the thunder don’t get you, then the lightening will.

175. Walter Ryan-Purcell - June 3, 2013

eat fresh local chemical free!

176. Jennifer Gunter - June 4, 2013

Just read the packages there are versions of hot dogs, lunchmeat and bacon now sodium nitrate free they say no preservatives on the front and use a different ingredient in place of the nitrate:)

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178. FabulousWon (@babysmamatimes4) - June 7, 2013

There is nitrate free turkey by Sara Lee at Krogers..I am a vegetarian but I’ve bought this for my family.

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180. Randall Poole (@RandallAPoole) - June 10, 2013

Celery, broccoli, spinach and lots of other vegetable are also extremely high in nitrates. Take a look at the labels on all of the “no nitrates added” products and 99% of them have celery juice as an ingredient. The amount of nitrates also isn’t predictable when using these “natural” substitutes. Nitrates are nitrates no matter what the source is.

181. Gillian Kehler - June 12, 2013

Nitrites occur naturally in small amounts in red meat. Then the industry adds more lab-produced nitrites to retain a bright red colour and to cure the meats, giving them a distinct flavour and tender texture synonymous with bacon, deli meats, and the like.
I can understand the benefits of nitrites… But yeah, they are pretty carcinogenic, especially if you eat a lot of red meat :/
Also the “nitrite free” meat simply has a nitrite alternative that will appear as “natural celery extracts” on the label which, while maybe not as evil as nitrites, certainly gives the term “natural” a different meaning.
Studies have shown that beta carotene extracted from carrots is carcinogenic to humans. Yet when consumed along with the rest of the carrot, its carcinogenic properties disappear.
Point being, Just Eat Real Food.

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184. Moonlyn - June 18, 2013

This is disturbing because that’s all they feed to our communities. Until we work on making alternatives accessible and more affordable, lives of the underprivileged will constantly be in jeopardy.

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186. James Shride - June 30, 2013

Am sorry, did you say you wanted me to give up Bacon?

Hold on, I can’t stop laughing… just a sec’.

Nope, can say that with a straight face either.

Bacon forever!

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190. Brooke Wright - August 11, 2013

a lot of the spice mixes we use daily while cooking are loaded with msg……so be smart and read packaging….’)

191. Deborah McIntyre (@DJTheCook) - August 14, 2013

I got this off of the Livestrong website. “In general, the American Medical Association has found that the concentrations of nitrites in normal quantities of preserved meats aren’t sufficient to cause cancer. However, they also report that nitrites lead to formation of modified hemoglobin proteins, where hemoglobin is the structure in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues. When nitrites modify hemoglobin, they produce methemoglobin, which isn’t able to carry oxygen. This can lead to cellular oxygen deficiencies.”

192. Michelle Bouvette Cherrington - August 15, 2013

My husband was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in February of 2008. One week later he had a foot of his colon and 11 lymph nodes removed. One of his 11 lymph nodes had microscopic cancer cells but that is all. He also had 12 rounds of chemo for insurance that the cancer would never return. There is no family history of colon cancer in his family but he did love his pepperoni, and bologna, and hotdogs and sliced meats in his sandwiches. I fully attribute his poor eating habits to the diagnosis of his cancer. Since then, he has been cancer-free and now he is conidered cured. He does not eat bologna or pepperoni sticks or any red meat for that matter. He only eats chicken & fish, multi-grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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194. Amanda Hendrix DeLoach - September 6, 2013

some grocery stores now sell chicken and turkey that is hormone free etc..We also have a meat store in the town I live in that carries grass fed beef. It is a bit more expensive but much better for us.

195. Lanthus Clark - November 15, 2013

Europeans have some of the highest consumption figures of processed meat, think Italian sausage, German wurst of all kinds, etc. etc. and yet Europe has some of the highest average life expectancies in the world.

In these kinds of studies people will always find exactly the results they want to find.

As with anything else in life moderation and balance is the name of the game.

196. Luminous Transcendental Serpent - November 20, 2013

There is no such thing as any animal product being good for us. I eat vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, berries, homemade bread that I make and simple foods.

I do not bother arguing about which food additive is good for us or which one is bad for us. I just avoid all of them. Keep it simple.

197. Gloria Wyatt Saunders - November 22, 2013

Eat home make Moose sausages!

198. rescue01ltr - November 26, 2013

Does it include cold cuts like turkey and chicken breasts?

199. Manley Jones - November 27, 2013

Our ancestors ate meat frm the beginning back to the stone age & tht little man chewing on a piece of meat in the corner of the cave..well you better hope he survives until he regenerates or you disappear…

200. William Herald - November 27, 2013

This article is very informative. We need more like this. Question though, what exactly is considered to be processed meat? If I go into the supermarket and go into the meat section and pick up a pack of steak is that processed meat? It is red so does that mean it contains Sodium Nitrite? I am trying to be more conscious about food consumption. Thanks again!!

201. William Herald - November 27, 2013

This article is very informative. We need more like this. Question though, what exactly is considered to be processed meat? If I go into the supermarket and go into the meat section and pick up a pack of steak is that processed meat? It is red so does that mean it contains Sodium Nitrite? I am trying to be more conscious about food consumption. Thanks again!!

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203. Stu Nami Smith - December 5, 2013

Can you link your sources please?

204. kevork ozbalik (@kevork12) - December 6, 2013

I would say this article is more corrupt than anything else here. Both sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite cause cancer, which is well known, and are both used as anti-oxidants and preserve shelf life. The amounts necessary to cause cancer is also well known from rigorous experimental testing. As a result, the amount incorporated in these foods are specifically calculated to be deemed as safe. So if you really want cancer, from these 2 ingredients in these foods, go ahead and good luck…the same way you would have to drink 6 liters of diet coke a day to get cancer from aspartame, the artificial sweetener.

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206. rendaoak - August 30, 2014

Particularly not usually eat this kind of food because I always imagined them to be harmful to human health.

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