Archive for the ‘processed meats’ Category

It’s Official: Red and Processed Meat Kills

Posted on March 30th, 2009 in coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease, deli meats, disease, heart disease, heart health, overweight, processed foods, processed meat, processed meats, red meat, vegan, vegetarian | No Comments »

The largest and highest quality study about the relation between eating red and processed meat and longevity reports that there is about a 30% greater risk of dying prematurely.

The study included over half a million participants, more than any in the past, and recorded their levels of meat intake. The results were pretty clear and consistent with other studies and what I've been saying for many years... red and processed meat kills. The diseases most identified with read and processed meat consumption were cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Out of the more than 500,000 followed over a 10 year period, 71,252 died prematurely as a result of excess red and processed meat consumption that resulted in cancer or cardiovascular disease.

By comparison, those eating a plant based diet had the least incidents of disease, consistent with previous studies that reported a vegetable based diet was the most heart healthy.

Similarly, another study, the Oxford Vegetarian Study, followed 15,000 subjects and found that meat eaters are twice as likely to die from heart disease, have a 60 percent greater risk of dying from cancer and a 30 percent higher risk of death from other causes.

While the statistics are important, there were other revealing parts of the study most have not reported.

The report also indicated that red meat eaters tended to be married, more likely white, more likely smokers, have higher body mass index, have a higher daily intake of total and saturated fat, had lower activity levels, lower intake of plant foods (fruits and vegetables) as well as vitamins.

Another interesting aspect of the report was that there was an increased risk associated with death from injuries and sudden death with higher consumption of red meat which I found interesting.

Red meat is red animal meat, and processed meats include sausages, hams, bacon, deli meats, hot dogs, cold cuts, hamburger and many other meats that could also be classified as red meats.

Bottom line is as I've always suggested, if you'd like to live longer, have more energy, reduce the risk of most any disease, avoid red and processed meats. Now the statistics confirm the recommendations.

Unfortunately, the study recommends eating a variety of other animal foods which will still kill you, just a little slower. The best diet is a mostly plant based diet that will give you the most energy, prolong your life, reduce risk of most every disease and allow you to attain your optimal weight and health. If you're wondering what plant based meals you can add to your diet get specific meal plans and exclusive recipe videos at Learn Healthy Meals.

To read the study abstract visit the Archives of Internal Medicine.


> Learn how to Make Healthy Meals
> Raw Vegan Diet
> Delicious Raw Food Meals
> Raw Food Videos
> The Protein Myth

Is Whole Foods a Health Food Store?

Posted on June 10th, 2008 in food, fresh fruits and vegetables, organic foods, organic produce, processed foods, processed meats | 3 Comments »

Being a regular customer at Whole Foods for some time, I've had a chance to notice what they sell and who normally shops there.

After a recent visit I've come to the conclusion that contrary to popular belief, Whole Foods IS NOT a health food store in my opinion.


Read the rest of this entry »

All Jacked Up: The Junk Food Movie Food Companies Don’t Want You To See

Posted on February 7th, 2008 in canned meats, childhood obesity, children, deli meats, diet, diet soda, diets, dvd, eating habits, fast food, hamburgers, junk food, monosodium glutamate, processed foods, processed meat, processed meats | 1 Comment »

I just learned about a new documentary film that exposes the truth behind the junk and processed food industry and the effect on our children. It's called 'All Jacked Up' and features interviews with both top health and nutrition experts as well as real teenagers as they share their traumatic experiences with living on junk food. Read the rest of this entry »

World Cancer Research Reveals Dietary Recommendations

Posted on November 28th, 2007 in breastfeed, cancer, canned meats, canned soups, deli meats, diet, diet recommendations, dietary recommendations, disease, food, fresh meat, frozen foods, lunch packs, natural grains, pepperoni, processed meat, processed meats, related studies, sodium nitrite, studies, sugary drinks | 1 Comment »

Hundreds of researchers taking part in a 5 year study reviewing over 7,000 cancer related studies now have specific dietary recommendations to avoid cancer.

The recommendations include:

  • avoid all processed meats
  • limit intake of all meats (including fresh meat)
  • eat mostly plant based foods
  • be active for at least 30 minutes daily
  • stay lean and fit
  • avoid sugary drinks (like soda)
  • eat fast foods sparingly, if at all
  • breastfeed children for at least 6 months

First and foremost, the study concluded that processed meat of any type should be avoided completely for life. Processed meats include deli meats, sausages, hot dogs, bacon, links, canned meats, beef jerky, meats in pizza and sauces, meats in kids lunch packs, meats in canned soups, meats in packaged frozen foods, ham, salami and pepperoni.

The main culprit in these foods is sodium nitrite, followed by MSG and other chemicals and additives. They are proven to cause disease and other health issues and should be completely avoided for life.

The study also recommended limiting intake of all meats to 11oz per week, if at all. Their diet recommendations are to eat mostly a plant based diet, avoiding sugary drinks and alcohol and eating a small amount of unprocessed grains daily.

These recommendations are not surprising, mostly a confirmation that what most of us have known for years. To avoid disease, and specifically cancer, concentrate on eating a diet of fresh plant based foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and natural grains and stay active outside in the sunshine daily.

To read the 537 page study, visit:

To your best health!

Grab your free report on the truth behind food and your health!