We love Charcuterie boards. The cheeses, smoked meats, and fruits are perfect when entertaining, and offering snacks to friends when entertaining.
According to Runners World Magazine, there may be a dark side to all of this causing health experts in France to caution the public about overconsuming these foods.
The problems that arise from too many nitrites and nitrates in processed meat products, like ham and sausage, may increase the risk of colon cancer.
While these experts are not outright saying that we shouldn’t eat these foods, like many things in life, moderation is the key. Check out the article below.
What’s the Link Between Charcuterie and Colon Cancer?
Experts in France are recommending people cut back on processed meats.
BY KORIN MILLER JUL 19, 2022
The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) raised eyebrows this week after confirming that nitrites and nitrates in processed meat products, like ham and sausage, increase the risk of colon cancer. As a result, officials urged citizens to reduce how much processed meats and charcuterie they eat.
“Every day, we are exposed to nitrites and nitrates through our diet,” the agency says in a statement online. “In light of current knowledge on their effects on human health, ANSES recommends reducing the population’s exposure to these substances by taking proactive measures to limit dietary exposure.”