Eating too many processed meat can be a negative thing for your body. The preservatives in the meats have to be filtered out, which may cause unwanted stress on your kidneys and liver. Yet, this subject hasn’t really been addressed here in the United States. Personally, I stay away from processed meats due to the additives and the unwanted salt. Now, a group that promotes a vegetarian diet is suing for warning labels to be put on hot dogs such as Oscar Meyer, and Hebrew National.
“Warning: Consuming hot dogs and other processed meats increases the risk of cancer.”
Just as tobacco causes lung cancer, processed meats are linked to colon cancer,” said Neal Barnard, president of the Cancer Project and an adjunct professor at the George Washington University medical school in Washington, D.C. “Companies that sell hot dogs are well aware of the danger, and their customers deserve the same information.”
The defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, include Nathan’s Famous Inc., Oscar Mayer owner Kraft Foods Inc., Sara Lee Corp., Marathon Enterprises Inc. and ConAgra Foods Inc., which owns Hebrew National.
Americans spent $3.4 billion buying 730 million packages of hot dogs and sausages in U.S. supermarkets last year, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
Nutrition experts say that the science is far more complicated and that slapping warning labels on the staple of baseball games and picnics would not have much effect on public health (source).
From a fitness professionals stand point, I try to sway my clients to eat an many non processed foods as possible. Nothing with chemicals and nitrates (which don’t break down in the body) should be ingested. Eating things that your body deems as a “foreign object” can definitely lead to some issues. Eating natural, whole foods, is the best way to keep your body toxin free and disease free.