“Processed Foods: Yummy?”
Bacon, hot dogs, sausage, deli meats and other processed meats are known to contain unhealthy preservatives and unfamiliar chemical additives. Eating fresh, whole foods is the best way to stay away from potentially unhealthy additives. Look for them on ingredient labels. In the United States, more than 3,000 substances can be legally added to foods for the purpose of preservation, coloring, texture, increasing flavor and more. Customers were recently turned off by discovering the addition of “pink slime, (lean finely textured beef)” to ground meat used by McDonald’s and Wal-Mart. Generally, studies show that processed meats are more of a health problem than fresh meat. Preservatives are added to prevent rancidity, spoilage, foul odors or off colors. Antioxidants are key player additives used to preserve food. I have repeatedly warned of the dangers of antioxidant overloading. Sodium nitrite and nitrate, types of salt which are added to meats such as sausages, bacon and packaged ham as part of the curing process, can react with stomach acid to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds during digestion.