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New, Sad Reasons to Cut Down on Processed Meat

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We love vegetables as much as we love meat—but loving meat just got more complicated: The World Health Organization announced this morning that there is sufficient evidence that processed meat is carcinogenic to humans.

Keep the broccoli; hold the sausage?

And not only do salted, cured, fermented, and smoked meats cause a danger, but there's evidence to support that all red meat may have the potential to cause cancer (though this latter finding is backed by less evidence). On top of that, there's mounting concern that meat in pre-made sausages isn't always exactly as advertised (in fact, it doesn't match 14 percent of the time).


We're not here to tell you what you should or should not eat, but the finding was enough to get us re-thinking what we put on our own tables. In case some of you are feeling similarly (and we have a feeling you may be), here are 7 traditionally meat-based recipes that don't have any meat at all:

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes by Gena Hamshaw



Chickpea Bolognese (make it without pancetta and it's just as delicious!) by inpatskitchen


Tempeh Chili by Gena Hamshaw 


Vegan Lentil Bolognese with Cashew Parmesan by Gena Hamshaw


Easy Lentil Walnut Tacos with Cabbage Lime Slaw by Gena Hamshaw


Vegetarian Lasagna by Feed Me Dearly



Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steak by Genius Recipes


Will these findings alter what's on your dinner table? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: processed meat, health, food news