What Is Processed Meat?


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“What is processed meat” has been a question on the lips of many after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it has confirmed the link between processed meat and cancer development. Many people who were confused, perhaps scared started asking questions to know if they have been eating too much processed meat unknowingly.

So, What Is Processed Meat?

To answer this questions simply, there is not strict definition for processed meat. It is often used to refer to meats that have been preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding chemicals such as sodium nitrite.

corned beef sandwich
Photo: seriouseats.com

Processed meat include such meat as corned beef, salami, bologna, pastrami, hot dogs, ham and bacon. This, by any way does not exhaust the list because, in some countries there may be several hundred different processed meat products. They all have their own product names and taste characteristics.

For example, we have Suya in Nigeria – one which we have warned people of its dangers in a post.

In the report published by WHO, it was indicated that red meat can also increase the risk of cancer, but to a lesser extent. It was also emphasized by one of their top ranking officers that scientists who issued the report were split on their decision to make an explicit link between red meat with cancer.

ALSO SEE: The Differences Between Red Meat & White Meat (Examples Included)



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Ahmed Ogundimu
Ahmed is a Food Scientist/Technologist first of all. A Seasoned Blogger, Astute Marketer, Food Enthusiast and Manchester United Lover. I read anything and everything available so I know so many useful and useless things.

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