Americans can’t quit processed meat, despite its health risks

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U.S. adults still eat just as much processed meat as they did 18 years earlier, according to a study published Friday in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Processed meat includes red meat or poultry “transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or with the addition of chemical preservatives,” the study says.

The study analyzed data from 43,995 adults aged 20 and up who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and 2016. It found that the top processed meats consumed were luncheon meat, sausage, hot dogs, ham and bacon.

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