10 Foods Proven to Harm Your Health

We all love to indulge in a guilty food pleasure once in a while. In all honesty, probably more than once in a while. But while some foods — like a flourless chocolate cake — are well worth the splurge, others are not. We’ve put together a list of 10 foods scientifically proven to harm your health. Make your splurge foods count, but please avoid these baddies going forward.

Processed meat

The World Health Organization says eating processed meat can lead to bowel cancer in humans while red meat is a likely cause of the disease. The group put processed meat such as hot dogs and ham in its group 1 list, which already includes tobacco, asbestos and diesel fumes, for which there is “sufficient evidence” of cancer links. Beef, lamb and pork was classified as a “probable” carcinogen in its group 2A list that also contains glyphosate, the active ingredient in many weedkillers.

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