Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Processed meats and pancreatic cancer

Just when you thought it was safe to indulge, comes word that heavy consumption of processed meats like hot dogs and sausages is linked to increased risk of pancreatic cancer.

Of course the American Meat Institute isn't buying it:
The American Meat Institute disputed the study's claims in a statement Thursday, saying "processed meats are safe and wholesome foods that can be part of a healthy, balanced diet."
Honestly, do you think this is really going to dissuade people from eating hot dogs and sausages? Do people really think eating a lot of this stuff is good for them?

Other foods didn't have the same effect:
The study showed no heightened pancreatic cancer risk with eating poultry, fish, dairy products or eggs nor did overall intake of total fat, saturated fat or cholesterol cause additional risk.


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