Because of the modern lifestyle, food we eat every day is often criticized because it can hide dangerous substances to health. For example, this single food causes three types of cancer.
A carcinogen food that you need stop consuming immediately!
Processed meats include meats processed by maturation, fermentation or smoking. These kinds of food are ham, salami, sausage or bacon. This type of products can be made from pork, poultry, beef or offal.
Maybe because of lack of time or other reasons, many people resort to these foods unfortunately not aware of the danger. Indeed, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), within the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified processed meat as “carcinogenic” to humans, stating that it would be responsible for deaths of 34,000 cancer patients worldwide each year.
According to experts, daily consumption of a serving of 50g of processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. According to the French National Agency of Health Security, a French adult consume 38g of processed meat a day. Besides colorectal cancer, the researchers estimated that excessive consumption of processed meat can cause cancer of the pancreas and prostate.
According to IARC experts, processed meats contain nitrates which, when they are in the mouth, convert into nitrites in order to be easily absorbed by the stomach and intestine. According to scientists, nitrites can cause disorders such as methemoglobin. The latter interfere with the functioning of the cells of the organism by reducing oxygenation. This can manifest through a bluish discoloration of the skin or mucous membranes. In some cases, this disorder can cause asphyxiation or death.
Red meat: moderate consumption
Besides cold cuts, recent studies have shown that excessive consumption of red meat is harmful to health. According to a study published in the Nature Medicine Journal, red meat is largely responsible for cardiovascular disorders. It contains a molecule called L-Carnitine that plays an essential role in the transformation of food into energy.
However, when this molecule is found in excess in the body, gut bacteria convert it into trimethylamine (TMA), which is then converted by the liver into trimethylamine (TMAO). According to experts, this compound interferes with the metabolism of cholesterol deposited on artery walls and can cause diseases such as atherosclerosis, or disrupt the functioning of the heart.
L-carnitine is found in foods like red meat, duck, or in energy drinks. Therefore, it is advisable to consume red meat up to 500g a week and replace this source of protein with white meat, fish or eggs.
Is red meat carcinogenic?
The World Health Organization has classified red meat as potentially carcinogenic. However, the WHO does not recommend people to stop eating red meat, but only to moderate its consumption.
Furthermore, it is important to pay attention to the way of cooking when you want to consume red meat. Prepared at high temperature (stove or barbecue) and cooked for a long time, causes the formation of potentially carcinogenic residues such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are found on the most grilled meat or benzopyrenes that are the result of burning fat over high heat. According to scientists, these substances stick to proteins or DNA and alter the functioning of the body cells.
Therefore, it is advised to moderate the consumption of red meat (maximum 2 times a week), and avoid at all cost processed foods. Stick to a healthy and balanced diet, rich in organic fruits and vegetables.