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Your guide to eating less processed meat

Focused on Health - June 2014

These guides are part of the Healthy Bites guide, developed to help you eat the right foods and lower your cancer risks!

Cancer-causing substances form when processed meats are preserved. And, eating these meats can damage your DNA, raising your colon cancer risks.

“Research shows that eating processed meats, like bacon and cold cuts, can increase your chances for colorectal cancer,” says Mary Ellen Phipps, a wellness dietitian at MD Anderson.

Deli meats and bacon aren’t the only processed meats – any meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing or salting is processed. And, meats with added chemical preservatives are also processed.

Some processed foods include:

  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs
  • Pepperoni
  • Beef jerky
  • Roast beef

Learn to rein in your temptations and avoid processed meats. Use this guide to choose healthier options and track how much processed meat you’re eating.

Print the processed meat guide.



Use this journal to track how much processed meat you’re eating each week. Try to eat less processed meat, like bacon, hot dogs and deli meat, each week.

Print the processed meat journal.


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