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Fermented and Smoked Food Questions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Dr. Oz had a stomach cancer doc on who claimed that consumption of fermented and smoked meats are risk factors. At least the doc mentioned that meat itself is not the problem but rather the smoking process (nitrates). No mention was made of the sardines (smoked) that Dr. Oz is so fond of. Later, he had on an expert who claimed fermented foods are good for colon health. I eat fermented foods in the form of kimchi, olives and pickles and eat canned sardines daily. Does it seem silly to anyone else that 1) smoked meats are allegedly the devil while sardines are darlings; and 2) fermented foods aggravate the stomach but are healthy for the colon?

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on April 30, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Really? Just do a search on smoked meat and cancer on Google Scholar and you'll get plenty of research studies.

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on January 08, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I've seen no study that supports the claim that smoked meat (as opposed to processed bacon) is linked to any health problem.

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:43 PM

well, wait a minute. I thought nitrates were bad. And we all know fermented foods are good. So isn't Oz essentially right - eat fermented foods but not those made with nitrates?

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:43 PM

The silliest part is that all statements could be at least partially correct.

If you read Mark Sisson's post on inflammation it kind of speaks to the fact that everything about life has both risks and rewards and it's all about balance.

In the long run, I've chosen to moderate my stress/anxiety by taking all these pronouncements with interest and a healthy level of skepticism without immediately changing what I do/eat.

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:40 PM

The man is a fraud and a buffoon. I hear that if I were to put an ice-pack on my neck it will help me slim down.

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:43 PM

well, wait a minute. I thought nitrates were bad. And we all know fermented foods are good. So isn't Oz essentially right - eat fermented foods but not those made with nitrates?

23f79c5241be763ac583fc68d58ee02c

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on January 08, 2012
at 05:22 AM

I've seen no study that supports the claim that smoked meat (as opposed to processed bacon) is linked to any health problem.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 30, 2012
at 05:17 AM

Really? Just do a search on smoked meat and cancer on Google Scholar and you'll get plenty of research studies.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Its important to eat the right fermented foods.. Prepared the way your ancestors made them.

Look up www.realfoodreallife.tv They ferment raw organic Non GMO veggies, grains and sea veggies..

Amazing stuff...

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