Bacon, Chicken Nuggets Linked to Cancer

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French scientists have linked processed foods to cancer

That's right. Cereal, bread (the mass-produced kind), chicken nuggets, chocolate bars, soda, and yes... bacon too have been linked to increasing the risk of getting cancer. 

The British Medicinal Journal published the study and points out that ultra-processed foods, the kind made in factories, are usually pumped with additives, preservatives, and flavorings.

Most processed foods endure biological, chemical, and physical processes and are usually convenient and affordable when compared to healthy options. A majority of them contain higher (total) fat, saturated fat, and salt and sugar. That's just the natural stuff. Let's not forget about the additives and chemicals that are added for color retention, etc. The processes used in manufacturing these food items can cause the food to have carcinogenic properties. 

World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research suggested that simply changing bad dietary habits and lifestyle can help to prevent cancer. These foods are known to be associated with obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia.

Nearly 105,000 people over the age of 18 were sampled for the study 

A few surveys in the US, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, and Europe monitored consumer processed food intake and learned that most households consumed about 25% to 50%.  

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