“Participants who ate processed meats at least twice a week had a 63 percent higher risk of diabetes compared to participants who ate processed meat less than twice a month.”
The most common processed meat was canned meat, but the study notes that processed meats are those that are high in additives, preservatives and nitrates, which is a staggering amount of the meats we consume. Processed meats that fit the bill would include lunch meat, hot dogs, sausages and canned meats, to name a few.
The article also says that rural residents are more likely to rely on convenience stores for their food because they don’t have access to quality food supplies, which I thought to be not only ridiculous but also a little insulting. I live in a rural area and eat better than many of my city-bound friends, so this generalization is far off the mark.
In any case, the information is sound and the general advice should be to refrain from a diet that is high in processed meats. I guess that means I will have to get rid of my daily lunch routine that includes summer sausage, which I started eating, ironically, to stay on a low carb diet for diabetes prevention.