If there was one trend evident in 2017, it was that producers are increasingly trying to find ways to market processed meats towards a more health-conscious consumer—even if nutritionists and health professionals continue to discover setbacks.
And though it took us nearly all of 2017 before we stumbled upon it, there’s one particularly condemning piece of evidence that might finally convince you to moderate your cured, processed meats intake.
A team of researchers looking at data from more than 1,000 participants over a period of seven years found an association between eating cured meat at least four times per week, and having more aggravated symptoms of asthma.
The researchers’ findings were published in the medical journal Thorax late last year.
Those who regularly ate staple deli products such as pepperoni, ham, corned beef, pastrami, salami, prosciutto and bacon were 76 percent more likely to see their asthma get worse. Those who ate less than a full serving of these cured meats didn’t experience the same effect.
After accounting for BMI, the data showed that only 14 percent of the instances could be explained by a person’s weight, meaning that obesity alone wasn’t responsible for the effect.
While, if you suffer from asthma, it’s clear that reducing the amount of processed meat in your diet may help, another study suggests more dietary changes could be beneficial.
This study, published in part by the National Center for Global Health and Medicine, found that a plant-based diet, including increased consumption of raw vegetables, actually helped to provide anti-inflammatory resistance to airway inflammation, which is a cornerstone of asthma.