Processed Meats and Your Health

Tips on HealthIt’s long been known that processed foods aren’t good for you. You’d have to live under a rock not to be aware of this. So, knowledge isn’t the problem.

The problem is convenience and taste. Maybe laziness?

I’m in the same boat. I definitely know better, but boy those processed foods are quick, easy, and taste so good.

Another problem I think those of us in the U.S. have is stress, advertisements, and the ease of getting any and all unhealthy foods we want.

I’m not sure what’s happened to discipline and will power. I know I’ve been struggling with those characteristics lately. I’m sure many of you have also. Is this something unique to the U.S.?

Well, I read a couple of articles today that reminded me of the importance of watching what we put into our bodies. The first is from is about a study that has found bacon and other processes meats to be very unhealthy:

Death by Bacon

A study published in the journal BMC Medicine of 448,568 people found that eating processed foods like bacon, sausage, ham, and other processed meats increases the risk of dying prematurely. The massive long-term study followed people in 10 European countries for 12.7 years.”

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The second article is from another health site ( and is an interview with Dr. Mary Enig, Ph.D.:

More than a decade of research at the University of Maryland, as well as research that was being done at other institutions, showed that consumption of trans fatty acids from partially hydrogenated (a process that adds hydrogen to solidify or harden) vegetable fats and oils had many adverse effects in health areas such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immunity, reproduction and lactation, and obesity. It is rather easy today to come up with a long list of these adverse effects from the published research done by many scientists around the world, as well as the researchers at the University of Maryland.V

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Why on earth would you and I continue to eat these unhealthy and ‘premature death’ foods.

I do try to eat health. I get organic whenever I can. I drink plenty of water. B-U-T, I do eat junk food and processed foods. My acupuncturist (Dr. Henry Z. H. Lee) said that after 40 years old, eating unhealthy is a horrible idea. The body can’t get rid of the toxins as easily as when you’re young. He told me to use discipline!

I’m going to create a vision board and part of it will be about my diet. I will do my best to make 2014 a much healthier year. I hope you do the same.

Eat, live, and play healthy,

Karen Cioffi
Multi-award Winning Author, Freelance Health Writer, Ghostwriter

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