The Deadliest Foods Americans Are Still Putting Into Their Bodies

Every day, most Americans ingest harmful chemicals and toxins that are hazardous as well as unhealthy. People know that too much sugar and salt isn’t good for maintaining a healthy blood pressure or a healthy weight, but people aren’t always aware of the harmful ingredients in things like processed meats, cheeses, and baked goods.

There are even potentially dangerous ingredients lurking in foods that many people consider to be healthy. Keep reading to learn how you can make healthier choices on your next trip to the grocery store.

Deli Meats Contain Nitrates Which Have Been Linked To Cancer

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Photo credit: John Patriquin/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Deli meat originated as a way to keep fresh meats from spoiling. By curing a cut of meat in salt, you can dramatically increase its shelf life. Unfortunately, curing meat in delicious salts and brines injects a lot of unhealthy sodium into the meat.

Additionally, studies show that processed meats lead to an increased risk of cancer. If you still want to eat deli meat on occasion, just make sure you eat it cold. Heating deli meat can lead to the production of a cancer-causing compound called N-nitroso.