Posted by: 4pack | July 24, 2009

“Ideal Diets”: Eating “Processed Foods And Meats” Are Signs Of A Poor Diet And Unhealthy

 FOUR PACKS WILL STRIVE TO PRESENT “REASONS, NOT CHOICES” TO ACHIEVE IDEAL SHAPE…TO THIS END “THE RISK OF CANCER” IS A REASON TO EAT HEALTHY FOODS AND MAINTAIN IDEAL WEIGHT AND FITNESS LEVELS…AND EATING “PROCESSED FOODS”, WHETHER IT BE “HOT DOGS” OR “BOXED MACARONNI AND CHEESE” , IS CERTAINLY A MARKER OF A BAD DIET….AND NOT HEALTHY.

So when it comes to cancer risk, hot dogs might in fact be a marker of a bad diet, not the definition of one. If you're eating a whole lot of hot dogs -- or nachos or burgers or deep-fried food -- the hot dogs themselves might not be the core problem. You're also not eating a lot of more nutritious food.

So when it comes to cancer risk, hot dogs might in fact be a marker of a bad diet, not the definition of one. If you're eating a whole lot of hot dogs -- or nachos or burgers or deep-fried food -- the hot dogs themselves might not be the core problem. You're also not eating a lot of more nutritious food.

Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project, is quoted as saying: “Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer…. Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their customers deserve the same information.”

Ignoring the fact for a moment that consumers don’t seem to read what’s already on their food labels, it’s worth pointing out that the data on processed meat and colon cancer are not quite as conclusive as the smoking-and-lung-cancer connection.

Someone whose diet includes hot dogs with marked frequency might have a broader problem than the hot dogs themselves.  

(And just to emphasize the fact that few foods are inherently good or bad, here’s an earlier Times story, from then-Times columnist Susan Bowerman, then assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Are nitrite’s and nitrate’s bad reps undeserved?: “Found in fruits, vegetables and cured meats, the chemicals may reduce risk of heart disease, a study finds.”)

If it’s colon cancer that worries you, here’s an online booklet from the National Cancer Institute: “What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum.”

Here’s what it says about diet: “Studies suggest that diets high in fat (especially animal fat) and low in calcium, folate, and fiber may increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Also, some studies suggest that people who eat a diet very low in fruits and vegetables may have a higher risk of colorectal cancer. However, results from diet studies do not always agree, and more research is needed to better understand how diet affects the risk of colorectal cancer.”

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/07/hot-dogs-colon-cancer-warning-nitrite.html

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