Americans’ public health experts reportedly warn about the dangers of processed meat. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, researchers say. Foods that have undergone curing, salting, smoking, fermenting, or the addition of chemical preservatives are known as processed meat. The NHANES, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected data on 43,995 teenagers and adults aged 20 and older between 1999 and 2016. According to the results of the survey, processed meats like sausage, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, and hot dogs are the most popular choices.
Sources say Americans’ fish consumption has also tipped, with little or no change in the past two decades, on average, according to the sources. People’s consumption of unprocessed red meat decreased, while poultry consumption increased, according to researchers. Unprocessed red meat consumption was found to have been overtaken by poultry consumption. Fang Fang Zhang, one of the study’s co-authors, hypothesised that Americans’ continued consumption of processed meats could be explained by their ignorance of the health risks associated with them.
As she went on to say, cultural, economic, and social factors may also influence our food choices. China’s findings support the need for further action to raise public awareness of the dangers associated with consuming high-processed meats in the United States. Research conducted by Harvard University in 2010 concluded that, while eating unprocessed red meats does not raise one’s risk of diabetes or heart disease, the consumption of processed meat does.