We all love the taste of smoked meats, you get to enjoy that smoky flavor with smoked meats and veggies as well. One of my favorites for dinner is smoked salmon from whole foods; however doing a little research I had to give it up as the dangers and risks associated with smoked meats was not worth the potential risks that include the following:
- Stomach Infections and Cancer
Eating smoked meats increases your risks of stomach infections associated with bacterial contamination such as E.coli and Listeria monocytogenes. E. coli infections can make you suffer from diarrhea and stomach pain, while L. monocytogenes causes listeriosis. Listeriosis causes fever, headache and stomach pains.
- Elevated Sodium in Diet
Smoked meat has a high sodium content because it often involves salt brines, salt-curing and the addition of rubs. This salt increases the amount of sodium you ingest. Sodium is both a mineral and an electrolyte, and is essential for the water balance in your body. However, high levels of sodium in the blood are associated with high blood pressure, over hydration and cardiovascular disease
- Increased Stroke and Diabetes Risk
A detailed study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health shows that eating smoked or otherwise processed meats such as hot dogs and cold cuts increases your risk of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes significantly
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