According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (doi:10.3945/ajcn) processed meats may increase the risk of stroke. It was reported that Swedish researches followed more than 40,000 men aged 45-79 for 10 years. Those who reported eating the most processed meats, which was more than two ounces per day, had a 23% higher risk of stroke than those who ate the least, which was less than 2/3 of an ounce per day.
Processed Meats and Strokes:
Skeptics will say that this study doesn’t prove that processed meats can cause a stroke. And the research was only men in a specific age category. But, as the Center for Science in the Public Interest pointed out in their July/August 2011 edition “studies have linked them (processed meats) to so many illnesses – diabetes, heart disease, colon and pancreatic cancer – that it’s worth cutting back”.
I say, don’t cut back – eliminate!
- Report: Processed meat linked to pancreatic cancer (junkscience.com)
- Eating Processed Meat May Raise Risk of Pancreatic Cancer (treehugger.com)