The Dangers of Processed Meats
December 10, 2006
In a recent study, over 1,500 patients suffering from colorectal adenomas (precancerous polyps of the colon) were given a survey about their diet. Several years later, they were examined again to see if their polyps had returned.
Greater Risk With Processed Meats
The patients who consumed diets higher in processed meats experienced a greater risk of the problem recurring. However, those with diets high in certain meats, like chicken, were less prone to the risk.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States; more than 57,000 die of colorectal cancer each year.
High Blood Pressure
Meanwhile, another study indicates that consumption of meat raises the risk elevated blood pressure. The diets and blood pressures of 4,300 subjects were assessed over the course of 15 years. As plant food intake increased, the risk of elevated blood pressure fell. The opposite trend was seen with meat intake.