“MEAT IS THE NEW CIGARETTE”
This post is not to scare you, this is to alert you about the consequences of eating packed or processed meats. You heard it right, your favorite fast food chain restaurants like KFC, Subway, McDonald’s not only hurt you pocket but they damage your health in a far more dangerous manner.
A recent study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) concluded that eating processed and preserved meat can cause cancer and the consequences of such food is equivalent of the hazards of smoking. You read it right, meat is as much as dangerous as smoking. The research enunciated that such meats can cause you the same 23 kinds of cancer which are aftermath of smoking too. These deadly list of cancers include : breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, throat cancer, bone cancer, stomach cancer, tongue, mouth, nose, nasal sinus, voice box, oesophagus pancreas, liver, kidney, bladder, ureter, bowel, cervix, ovary and the bone marrow.
The main reason behind this deadly face of meat is the way it is preserved. All kinds of meats including pork, beef, lamb, fish or chickens are preserved using Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3) which helps in preserving the red color of the meat and keeps it fresh. The game changes when such meat is heated before serving. The NaNO3 coat on the outside of the red part of the meat reacts and forms a poisonous coating resulting in the formation of cancer cells in the consumers body.
The other manner of preservation involves use of salt which is equally harmful when they are heated and causes the same result as that of NaNo3.
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) kept on warning the consequences of the same from past few years and was working on gathering proper proof to come up with against the consumption of red meat. Now that this research has been advocated by WHO we will soon be seeing the results. The WHO is planning to submit an official report this Monday (26th Oct 2015) to warn against consumption of such.
The likely consequences might be warning the consumers of such products by printing a statutory warning on all such packages of raw packed meat or of that serving in such restaurants. This means we could see a cigarette box like warnings on our KFC or Subway food packs.
In Indian Mythology, preserved foods were not entertained ever because the probable harm was well known. It is just matter of time the modern world is on a verge to accept this “myth” now. It is for our own good, share this post making all your friends and family members understand the consequences of such food items.