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Are processed meats associated with disease in non-US populations?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 05, 2011 at 5:46 AM

I have read several population studies linking processed meat to diseases such as diabetes and cancer. I've also read competing theories about what it is in the processed meat (nitrates? heat processing effects?) that causes the proposed health risk.

From my external viewpoint, it seems that processed meats in the US are often more... processed than deli meats that I would normally eat - eg ham that is sliced of something still resembling the leg of a pig, rather than in a tube.

Although it wouldn't definitively prove anything, I'm curious to know whether non-US populations demonstrate the processed meat-disease link.

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on October 05, 2011
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Tom Naughton of FatHead fame mentioned this in his "Science for smart people" talk. "Processed meats" in these studies is a category that includes pizza and sandwiches, which says very little definitively about the meats themselves.

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