How can processed meat increase my cancer risk?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Diets high in processed meats contain preservatives like nitrates, which act like carcinogens in your body and damage healthy DNA. Damaged DNA is a breeding ground for cancer cells. Studies show that eating as little as one to three slices of processed meat a day can also increase your risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. Be vigilant of food labels. Pass on processed meats that have sodium nitrate or nitrites on the label.

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