It's well-established that food processing and food additives can create health hazards, and processed meats are no exception. Processed meats are those preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or the addition of chemical preservatives.
This includes bacon, ham, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, hot dogs, some sausages, and hamburgers (if they have been preserved with salt or chemical additives) and more.
Previous studies have linked processed meats such as sausages, hot dogs, and sandwich meats to an increased risk of cancer, male infertility, and early death. Read more