Processed meats are meats that have undergone various preservation methods and may contain additives for flavor enhancement. Eating meat is encouraged on The Kaufmann Diet. They are low in carbs and sugar, high in protein, have healthy fats and are generally encouraged for those trying to combat pathogenic fungal problems. Generally, though, it is advised to stick to minimally processed meats; think whole cuts of beef, chicken, fish, etc. Processed meat has been linked to several health concerns due to the way it is preserved, seasoned, and prepared. Some examples of processed meats include:
- Ham: Made from pork that has been cured, smoked, or both. It can be found in various forms, such as deli slices, canned, or as a whole ham.
- Bacon: Made from pork belly that has been cured and smoked, bacon is a popular breakfast item and is used in various recipes.
- Sausages Or Pepperoni: There are many types of sausages, such as breakfast sausages, hot dogs, bratwurst, and salami. They are usually made from a combination of ground meat (pork, beef, or chicken) and various spices and additives.
- Deli meats/Canned meat: These include various sliced meats commonly found at deli counters, such as turkey, chicken, roast beef, and bologna in addition to canned ham, canned corned beef, and canned luncheon meats. They may be processed and contain additives for flavor and preservation.
- Jerky: Jerky is a dried and preserved meat product often made from beef, but it can also be made from other meats like turkey or venison.
- Smoked or cured meat: Various types of meats, such as smoked turkey or cured beef, can fall under the category of processed meats.
Of a concern to those on The Kaufmann Diet as well; many of these processed meats often contain added sugar and other ingredients you should seek to avoid. This is common with jerky, bacon, deli meats, and sausages.
Regular consumption of processed meats has been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as potentially other types of cancer. Certain additives used in processed meats, such as nitrites and nitrates, can form harmful compounds when cooked at high temperatures, which may be carcinogenic.
It is important to read labels. Some processed meats are perfectly fine for the Kaufmann Diet. However, look out for products with added sugar, sodium nitrate or nitrites, other preservatives, colors, or additives. It is important to read labels and know what is in your food when you are on The Kaufmann Diet.