A study by Reuters points-out evidence that processed meats raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Researchers base their conclusions on 1,600 studies. One hot dog per day, 1.8 ounces of processed meats- cured, smoked, salted or preserved with nitrates- increases the chance of a heart attack by 42 percent.
The risk of diabetes goes up by 19 percent.
They found unprocessed meats, beef, pork, had no effect on heart disease, diabetes- even if the meats had the same amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Processed meats have 4 times the sodium, salt.
“To lower risk of heart attacks and diabetes, people should consider which types of meats they are eating,” explained Renata Micha, the Harvard School of Public Health.