You may have heard that eating a lot of red meat may increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but a bigger issue may be your intake of processed meats. In a nutshell, processed meats are meats that have been changed through methods such as salting, curing, fermenting and smoking. These methods usually enhance flavor as well as give the meat a longer shelf life. Some examples of processed meats include bacon, sausage, salami, hot dogs, canned meat, corned beef and ham.
You may want to steer clear of eating too much beef jerky on your next road trip, limit the number of hot dogs at the next baseball game and cut back on the amount of salami at cocktail hour.
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