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June 19, 2020 - Knowridge Science Report

Processed meat with this stuff may lead to higher cancer risk than others

Processed meat with this stuff may lead to higher cancer risk than others
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A recent study from Queen’s University Belfast found that processed meat containing sodium nitrite – a preservative used to extend shelf life and enhance color – is linked to a higher colon cancer risk (65%) than processed meat does not have the nutrient (50%).

Not all processed meat, however, contains nitrites. The findings showed that not all processed meats carry the same level of cancer risk. The study is published in Nutrients. One author is Professor Chris Elliott OBE. The WHO classified all processed meat as a carcinogen in 2015 – including bacon, sausages, and ham as well as continental European products like prosciutto and salami.

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