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One scary thing that most people don’t think about is where their food came from. What process did your fruit go through to get from the vine to the frozen bag or can? What was done to your meat to make it that perfect sandwich-sized shape? Following is a little more about processed meat to give you good reasons to consider buying high-quality, natural turkey and other meat.
You know that in order to make the meat last from the farm to the store and from the store to your home, it has to have stuff added to it. That means it has gone through a salting or other chemical process. One common additive is MSG, which you’ve probably heard of already. Studies have shown many negative effects of MSG, including weight gain due to the chemical’s suppression of your brain’s ability to tell you when you’re full. Other common additives include sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite. These chemicals are known to be highly carcinogenic and can have negative effects on the pancreas and liver.
The Health Concerns
Only two additives were mentioned in the last paragraph. Just imagine how many more there are and the harm they could be doing. Note that additives in meat can cause bloating from water retention because of excess sodium. Sodium can also reduce your energy and weaken your blood vessels. This can overwork your arteries and lead to heart disease. The aforementioned nitrites and nitrates have been linked to diabetes. Finally, your risk of cancer, especially pancreatic cancer, increases tremendously when you eat more processed meat.
With all of these additives and health concerns surrounding processed meat, it’s no wonder anyone would pay more for natural turkey, chicken, or beef. But make sure you know how to read the label. If your meat is marked “natural,” it means it is free from preservatives and additives. However, “naturally raised” meat is different. This means that no hormones or antibiotics were given to the animals. Read the label, and you should avoid confusion and many harmful chemicals. Or better yet, raise your own food so you know where it came from!
This is a guest post provided to Simply At Home Mom for its readers.