7 Reasons You Shouldn't Eat Processed Meats

"In general, processed meats include a collection of meat that would otherwise be thrown away," says Dr. David A. Greuner, MD, FACS, FICS, surgical director at NYC Surgical in our article on 27 Foods Doctors Won't Eat and Why, "but is combined with other typically non-edible products and chemicals to artificially create a palatable mixture."

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"This means that not only are the least nutritious byproducts of animals used," Dr. Greuner continues, "but artificial fillers, flavors, and preservatives are added, at times in large quantities to ensure that the new concoction is both flavorful and visually appealing, despite the dismal nutritional profile." We could probably end this article here — everything that was just described sounds neither appetizing nor healthy — but we want to ensure that you understand why processed meats can be so unhealthy.

Thus, we're going to try to gross you out. If you're worried about hearing the phrase "pink slime," though, don't worry. We won't talk about pink slime, and we won't even mention how this finely ground mixture of scrap meat (for a visual, imagine a pink, slime-like substance) often contains antibacterial agents. No, don't fret, none of that will come up in this piece. Oh, and we certainly wouldn't want you to click here.

If you want to see the secret life of the ham and hot dogs you've been eating for so many years, keep reading. We have things to tell you, such as how these meats may be linked to cancer, so click ahead to see 7 Reasons You Shouldn't Eat Processed Meats.