With reports of meat labeled as “enemy number one public health” Chris asked the question – How worried should be about eating meat? And we should be eating at all.
The links between processed meats and cancer have been in the headlines, especially in recent years, and Chris visited a food scientist at the University of Reading to find out how dangerous it can be processed meats for people’s health.
The World Health Organization has concluded that processed meat consumption is a definite cause of bowel cancer.
And the ingredient in processed meats that causes most concern is sodium nitrate.
Chris said processed meats are the preferred choice of UK meat, with people eating 30 percent more now than in the 1970s
sodium nitrate added to meats that have been modified to last longer or to change its flavor.
also it used for safety reasons – to kill bacteria that can lead to botulism.
Despite the addition of sodium nitrate, Chris found that processed meats like bacon still have nutritional value, and the same nutrients as fresh meat.
However, a food scientist at the University of Reading revealed that while sodium nitrate protects us from food poisoning and meat spoil, it can also hurt us.
However, a new commercial formula is in the pipeline to combat the negative effects of nitrate.
The scientist at the University of Reading as part of seven years of research, has created a formula, with a lot of green tea extract and other plant extracts, which can reduce the amount of nitrates in sausages 50 percent.
While the new formula has been tested mainly in hams and sausages, is expected to have the same effect on all kinds of products.
Chris said the commercial formula should be ready in the not too distant future, but for now, people should look at processed meats as more of a “treat than daily diet.”
He said, “. Note that it comes with risks if you’re eating processed meats”
This comes after it was revealed being thin does not protect you from bowel cancer.