5 types of processed meats that increase the risk of cancer
Corned beef salted: Listedby IARC as containing a risk-enhancing agent colorectal cancer.
In addition to the 5 processed foods listed above, canned meat and preparations made from meat and sauces have a similar risk of causing cancer.
This is because processed meats contain haem, nitrates and nitrites, heterocyclic amines (HDAs), and polycyclic amines (PCAs).
Haem: It is a compound that can damage cells and cause bacteria in the body to produce harmful chemicals, increasing the risk of cancer.
Nitrates and nitrites: Used to keep processed meat fresh longer.