Although fresh meat is convenient and a rich resource of protein, processed meats, which are basically scraps, aren’t always healthy. People are not very familiar with this term, that’s why I’ve decided to reveal some of the hidden – and sometimes disgusting – secrets of this multi-million industry.
Reading this article might change the way you look at your sandwich, and it might inspire you to lead a healthier life, which is always a good thing. It’s not all bad, as processed meat has downsides and good parts, like all products. Nevertheless, one should educate oneself on this topic.
What is this thing I keep mentioning? It is stuff like salami, sausages, and beef jerky that are made of all kinds of meats, most of the times not fresh or of great quality. Instead, they may contain meat by-products that are not always fit for human consumption. I know I’m not painting a pretty picture, but it’s the truth.
Some types of processed meats are considered unhealthy and for a good reason. Some studies have linked these to gut diseases that are very hard or impossible to treat. Moreover, they may cause heart attacks and hormonal imbalances. This happens because processed products can contain many chemicals meant to preserve the meat.
This, I think, is the most significant difference when compared to fresh meat. Some of the most popular preservation methods are salting, curing, smoking – which have been linked to gastric cancer – or canning. So next time you are in the supermarket and thinking about buying meat that comes in a can, think twice.
However, the good news is that frozen meat or raw meat that has been sliced or minced is not thought of as being processed. The only thing you have to be careful when buying such a product is that you read its expiration date. Unfortunately for us, hot dogs are not included in this category, which is a bummer.
If you want to avoid harmful effects on your health, then avoid consuming processed meat very often. If you only do it once in a full month, you are going to be ok. Just don’t do it daily, as most students who live on a tight budget do. Besides, it can lead to considerable weight gain and diabetes, as it also contains high amounts of sugar.
If you do want to include it in your diet, make sure you balance the meat with plenty of fresh fruits and green vegetables. However, even if you do that, you still wouldn’t be able to nullify its harmful attack on your digestive tract. So take all of these interesting facts into consideration and decide if you want to remove processed meat from your diet, or if you still want to enjoy it once in a while.