Cured Meats Cause Lung Disease?

Well we all knew cured meats weren't exactly good for us, but lung disease? According to a recent study done by Columbia University, hot dogs and cured deli meats could contribute to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The study inspected the diet and lung function of 7,352 patients with the average age of 64.5 years old. According to, "the study authors found a statistical association between people who ate 14 or more servings monthly of cured meats and the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This held true even after the researchers factored in such variables as age, smoking, and the amount of fruits and vegetables in the subjects' diets."

Dr. Rui Jiang, an associate research scientist at Columbia University Medical Center said, "People who eat 14 or more servings of cured meat per month have about an 80 percent increased odds of COPD versus people who don't eat cured meat at all."

Experts believe that the link come from the high nitrate found in cured meats that in many animal studies, have displayed significant lung damage. Dr. Neil Schachter, professor of pulmonary medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City told Healthday, There is a plausible background to it. They (the study authors) are not the first to say that diet may impact lung disease, and certainly there have been many hypotheses about chemicals and oxidative species that may enhance the development of chronic lung disease."

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