You can still eat good quality, organic meat as part of your balanced alkaline diet.
But do you know what doesn’t fall into that category of high quality, organic meat?
Bacon, ham, salami, corned beef, bologna, pastrami, hot dogs, bratwurst…you get the picture…
These have to be one of the most damaging, inflammatory, acidic foods you can possibly eat.
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World Cancer Research Fund: No Amount of Processed Meat is Safe
World Cancer Research Fund reviewed more than 7,000 clinical studies that examine the connection between diet and cancer.
Their very clear and precise conclusion?
Nobody should eat processed meat.
“There is strong evidence that … processed meats are causes of bowel cancer, and that there is no amount of processed meat that can be confidently shown not to increase risk … Try to avoid processed meats such as bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and some sausages.”
Harvard School of Public Health: Eating Processed Meat Increases Heart Disease Risk by 42%
Thought that was bad from the World Cancer Research Fund?
Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have found that eating processed meat (again, including bacon, sausage or processed deli meats) was associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease and a 19% higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
““To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating. Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid,”
BioMed Central: Eating Processed Meat Increases Risk of Early Death by 44%
A BioMed led study of nearly 450,000 people found that eating processed meat increased the risk of dying early by 44%!
“Mortality is increased when we compare those participants who eat more than 40 grams per day of processed meat to those who have 10 to 20 grams per day. For the highest consumption group mortality was 44 percent higher compared with those who eat little meat”
And if that wasn’t enough…
- A 2005 study conducted from the University of Hawaii found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%.
- Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.
- The NIH study involving 500,000 people showed that processed meat intake had a 20% elevated risk for colorectal and a 16% elevated risk for lung cancer
- And the British Medical Journal conclude a recent study into red and processed meat with the conclusion: “Reduced consumption of RPM would bring multiple benefits to health and environment.”
Please start to eliminate processed meats from your diet! Transition away from it, replacing it with smaller servings of higher quality meats, or ideally something even more alkaline!
If I were to redo my Seven Most Acidic Foods guide I would extend it to EIGHT and include processed meats in that list, for sure.
It’s acidic, inflammatory, and proven to directly increase the risk of disease!
Scientific Research & References
Louise M Aston, James N Smith, John W Powles. Impact of a reduced red and processed meat dietary pattern on disease risks and greenhouse gas emissions in the UK: a modelling study; BMJ Open 2012; (Reference)
Amanda J Cross, Michael F Leitzmann, Mitchell H Gail, Albert R Hollenbeck, Arthur Schatzkin, Rashmi Sinha. A Prospective Study of Red and Processed Meat Intake in Relation to Cancer Risk. December 11, 2007; (Reference)
Renata Micha, RD, PhD, Sarah K. Wallace, BA, and Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH. Red and processed meat consumption and risk of incident coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis; Circulation. 2010 Jun 1; 121(21): 2271–2283. (Reference)
Rohrmann, S Ph.D. Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition; March 6, 2013, BMC Medicine online; March 6, 2013 (Reference)