High-Cholesterol Foods : Which to Eat, Which to Avoid

2. Processed meat

Processed meat is the meat that is cured, salted, smoked, dried, and canned; it includes foods such as sausage, hot dog, corned beef, canned, smoked, and dried meat. Processed meats don’t involve frozen meat or sliced and cut meat. Processed meat consumption usually accompanies an unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking and high salt intake.

Processed meat contains harmful compounds, such as:

    • salt (sodium chloride)
    • nitrites
    • nitrosamine
    • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
    • heterocyclic amines.

These compounds raise the risk of many chronic diseases, such as hypertension, heart diseases, cancers in the stomach and intestine, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).