Processed Meats and Cancer: It’s Not Just Nitrates

Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter

Processed Meats and Cancer: It’s Not Just Nitrates

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meats. While that number pales in comparison to the one million or so global cancer deaths related to smoking, it is significant enough to warrant a hard look at processed meats in our diets, especially because they are also associated with cardiovascular disease and other health conditions.

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