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Archive | February, 2012

Processed Meats and Link to Cancer – Hold the Preservatives, Please

describe the imageThere was news just a few weeks ago about a new study in the British Journal of Cancer that found a link between eating processed meats and an increased risk of pancreatic cancer (one of the most deadly forms of cancer).  Processed meats, according to the study, include bacon and sausage.  Eating just a 50g serving per day (about 1 small sausage or a couple slices of bacon) can increase your pancreatic cancer risk by 19%.  Other studies have come out in the past few years as well, linking processed meats to other forms of cancer.

That’s some pretty overwhelming information when you stop to think about it.  We think it’s very important, however, to define processed.  The term processed refers to meats preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding chemicals such as sodium nitrate.  In other words, not the lean, fresh ground sausages that Isernio’s is proud to produce. 

Many sausage producers use preservation methods like smoking or curing to make their product, presumably, more convenient to use.  If a sausage is already cooked when you buy it, all that needs to be done when you get it home is basically heat it up.  Fresh sausages like our chicken sausage links and rolls, however, are made from raw meat and are not preserved or pre-cooked.  So, yes, it takes a few extra minutes to cook them.  But we think the health and flavor benefits are well worth it!

Scientists aren’t exactly sure why eating processed meats increases cancer risk, but our view is if you want to enjoy sausage, why not go with an all-natural, fresh, un-processed sausage like ours?  To help with that extra cooking time for fresh sausage – because we all know that some days every minute counts when you’re trying to get breakfast, lunch or dinner on the table – we recommend an easy way to pre-cook our sausage links.  Here are instructions on our website: http://isernio.com/About/FAQ.aspx.  It’s simple to pre-cook a batch of sausage and keep in the refrigerator for a couple days, to be browned and heated when it’s meal time.  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

And, if you haven’t yet seen this video about our sausage production methods, we would love for you to check it out.  We are proud of the high quality, whole cuts of meat and premium seasonings that make up our fresh, all-natural sausage.