24 Foods You Didn’t Know Could Be Harmful

By Beck Robertson / Nutrition / March 3rd, 2019

8. Lunch Meats

Lunch Meats

Lunch meats may be tasty but those delicious deli style slices and cold cuts could be costing you your health, as they come loaded with a ton of harmful nitrates and preservatives. Nitrates have been associated with a higher risk of cancer, pulmonary disease, and an increased chance of neurological disorders and there’s also evidence that indicates they could negatively impact mental health.

Researchers from John Hopkins University found that people hospitalised for mania were 3 times more likely to have consumed cured meats than people who had never been hospitalised for psychiatric disorders. Cured meat is also loaded with sodium, which can cause issues for people with high blood pressure, and the link between a high salt intake and hypertension has been well-established by multiple scientists.

Though it might be tempting to pick up a pack of salami or chorizo next time you walk past a deli, the proliferation of preservatives in cured meat means that it’s not a good idea for your health. Picking up a fresh cut of meat from the local butchers may mean you spend more and eat meat less frequently, but as a high meat consumption can be detrimental to your body anyway, your health will definitely thank you for it.

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