Beth Levine
03/08/2012

Just because you grew up eating bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and other processed meats and lived to tell the tale doesn't mean they are safe to consume. In fact, especially because you may have eaten them plentifully in earlier years, you should make every effort to avoid them as much as possible now. They have been linked to numerous health issues in various studies, and now there's even more evidence of their potential for harm. Recent research has found an association between processed meat and pancreatic cancer risk.

The study, which took place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, focused on a compilation of data from 11 previous studies.1 There were more than 6,643 patients with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer involved in the research, and this analysis drew a connection between consuming processed meat and an elevated risk of developing pancreatic cancer. In fact, the risk rose by 19 percent for every 1.8 ounces, or 50 grams, of processed meat eaten daily. And 1.8 ounces is only the amount in a single sausage, so if you like your side of bacon and/or sausage with breakfast every morning, you are likely upping your risk by 20-40 percent, or as much as 60 percent if you opt for a Denny's Lumberjack Slam breakfast.2

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