Looking for yet another reason to convince your friends to go veggie? A recent study suggests that cured meat, such as hamburgers and bacon, can negatively affect lung function, leading to emphysema and even lung disease or cancer.
Cured meats are high in nitrites, a kind of preservative, that’s been implicated as the cancer-causer. Past research has also linked nitrites to other diseases such as pancreatic, bladder, stomach, gastric and breast cancers. Most veggie burgers and other mock-meats, on the other hand, do not contain any nitrites, and various studies have shown that vegetarians may not only have a lower risk of getting many cancers, but may actually be warding off certain cancers by avoiding nitrites and other meat-related carcinogens.
So meat has officially been linked to nearly every kind of cancer known to man. I wonder how much more it’s going to take to convince people that smoked sausage and bacon at 8 a.m. isn’t a smart way to start the day.