A recently published study that followed 971 patients over a seven-year period concluded that eating cured meats, such as bacon and sausage, had a direct effect on worsening Asthma symptoms in men who already had the disease. Earlier studies have found that consumption of cured meats also worsened the symptoms of those suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) another lung illness, which is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Respiratory problems are not all that have been linked to eating cured meats (as if trouble breathing isn’t enough). Studies show increased rates of cancer, in particular colon, bladder and pancreatic cancer. Other problems linked to cured meats include an increased rate of heart disease and stroke, as well as collateral illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardio-vascular disease.
Eating meat is not only unkind to those who consume it, but to the animals the meat comes from, 99% of which are raised on factory farms in tightly confined quarters, often forced to live in their own filth and lacking adequate ventilation and temperature control. Viewed as mere commodities, rather than living creatures, factory farm owners have little compassion for the suffering of other sentient beings and they have no compassion for consumers health or well-being – wealth versus wellness.
There are many reasons to avoid eating meat, both for your benefit and the benefit of non-human animals.