We know processed foods are unhealthy for us, but did you know eating processed meats like bacon, sausage and hot dogs can significantly raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes? Reuters reports that a new study revealed that each daily serving of processed meat is associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of developing diabetes; a daily serving equals about two slices of deli meat or one hot dog.
The study showed that eating unprocessed beef, pork or lamb appeared not to raise risks of heart attacks and diabetes, “suggesting that salt and chemical preservatives may be the real cause of these two health problems associated with eating meat,” states Reuters. Renata Micha of the Harvard School of Public Health says you should avoid processed meats like bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs and processed deli meats to lower your risk of heart attacks and diabetes.
Talk to a doctor near you to discuss other ways to lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes.