Processed Meats, Cheese Linked to Lung Cancer

A new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine claims phosphates, a common food additive, may help speed the growth of lung cancer tumors. Testing in mice determined phosphates, often found in soda and processed cheese and meat may also cause tumors. Researchers say phosphates are critical to human nutrition, but eating too much can be dangerous. In the 1990s adults consumed about 470 mg of phosphorous per day, but now they can reach 1,000 mg a day; Reuters investigates.

Another reason to avoid processed foods is they often contain harmful trans fat and cancer-causing compounds called acrylamides. Eek! 

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Melinda - December 31, 2008 7:05 PM

I love your blog, and I am NOT a meat eater, but I do think that it is very important that we be completely accurate in our representation in order to more fully persuade people of the importance of diligence in nutrition. Your photo, therefore, does not accurately represent this topic. These are not "processed" meats, which is clearly what the study refers to.

Foodaroo - January 1, 2009 12:39 PM

Acrylamide also occurs in potato chips, veggie chips, soy nuts, cereals, just to name a few. The correct term for the above picture should be heterocyclic amines (HCAs), not acrylamide.

Sara - January 1, 2009 1:35 PM

Phospates are phosphorous are not exactly the same thing. I think phosphorous may be a needed mineral.

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