Friday, May 21, 2010

Unhealthy Processed Foods

A new Harvard study found that eating one serving of processed meats a day was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and 19 percent increased risk of diabetes. Processed meats include bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs or processed deli or luncheon meats.

The problem was related to the high levels of sodium and chemical preservatives. Processed meats had about four times more sodium and 50 percent more nitrate preservatives than unprocessed meats.

Yet another evidence that processed meats should stay away from school cafeterias and lunch boxes!

Sources: Journal Circulation/American Heart Association; and NYTimes

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