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NewsBites September 2019 Issue

Americans are Not Cutting Back on Processed Meats

A study from Tufts University researchers recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that Americans are not cutting back on processed meat intake, despite the suggested health dangers of consumption. The study characterized trends in consumption of processed meats, unprocessed red meat, poultry, and fish/shellfish in nearly 44,000 U.S. adults in the past 18 years. Red meat consumption declined over that period. Poultry consumption increased, and fish/shellfish intake remained constant.

Lunch meats (deli meats like sliced turkey) account for nearly 40 percent of processed meat intake by U.S. adults. The other top processed meats consumed are sausage, hot dogs, ham, and bacon. Processed meats are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, colorectal and stomach cancers, and other health conditions and should be limited if not avoided.

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