Which of these are more likely to give you cancer?
Eating salami or smoking cigarettes?
This may shock you...
They are EQUAL.
They’re both type 1 carcinogens. According to the research they are classified in the same category of cancer risk.
Other processed meats which fit the category include things like pepperoni, prosciutto, bacon, ham, chorizo, hot dogs, devon, sausages and cabanossi.
The most recent estimates by the Global Burden of Disease Project show that about 34,000 cancer deaths per yearworldwide are attributable to diets high in processed meat.
How bloody scary is that!
As a simple recommendation from myself, limit how much you eat of this stuff.
We can also reverse the effects slightly by consuming more antioxidants. Think of antioxidants as a mop which cleans up the cancer-causing carcinogens in your body.
Where can you find antioxidants?
Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds (yeah the stuff you know you should be eating more of anyway).
Antioxidants are responsible for rich colour.
All the different types of antioxidants have different colours, have different roles and do different things so we need a wide range of colours in our diets to get them all.
1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
35% of this is linked to lifestyle factors, meaning diet and exercise.
This is where preventative nutrition has its importance. Some of this risk is totally avoidable. Totally under your control.
Making healthy decisions now can save you a lot of devastation in the future.
The decision to invest in yourself with a qualified, experienced personal trainer is one of the healthiest you can make.