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Processed Meat: Healthy to Unhealthy

Thanks to the resurgence in popularity of the Atkins Diet and similar programs encouraging a low-carb, high-fat meal regimen, a number of studies have taken a closer look at the health effects of certain processed meats (bacon, sausages, cold cuts). In 2010, The Globe and Mail in London reported on a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which concluded that consuming foods high in saturated fats have no link to increased rates of heart disease.

On the other hand, CBS News detailed another 2010 study by the Harvard School of Public Health, which found that eating bacon, sausage, and hot dogs can increase the risk of heart disease by 42 percent (and diabetes by 19 percent). According to RenataMicha, author of the study, "Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs, and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid."

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