5 November 2013
Title: Processed meats: friend or faux?
Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to reconsider eating processed meat products.
Thesis Statement: I would like to persuade you to reconsider eating processed meat products by: 1) Informing you of the most commonly used ingredients 2) Explaining some of the imposing health risks 3) Going over the nutritional content and 4) Offering you alternatives to replace your craving for processed meat.
A. Hook: On Fourth of July, collectively Americans ate about 150 million hot dogs. Lined up, that substantial serving would stretch from L.A. to D.C. more than 5 times. Although Hot Dogs are one of America’s favorites, do you know what exactly is in hot dogs?
B. Rapport: Most of us have heard this question over and over again, but like you I choose not to bother myself with the who’s or the what’s. Why? Because sometimes, ignorance can truly be bliss. Well, this is one question I needed to have an answer to. So, I began my research as to what exactly is in America’s most beloved dog?
C. Credibility: I began my search for the answer, and came across some very alarming facts about hot dogs and other processed meat products such as deli meat, sausage, and canned meat. With the help of my personal assistant, Ms. Google.com, I stumbled upon the “Scientific American” blog, The American Institute for Cancer Research website, and articles on huffingtonpost.com.
D. Bridge: Today, I would like to persuade you to reconsider eating processed meat products by: 1) Informing you of the most commonly used ingredients 2) Explaining some of the imposing health risks 3) Going over the nutritional content and 4) Offering you alternatives to replace your craving for processed meat.
A: Informing you of the most commonly used ingredients
*Before I start going over the ingredients, let me say one thing. I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to pronounce what I’m eating… things like steak and potato…. Simple.
Potassium lactate: Made from neutralized lactic acid, it’s commonly used as a meat preservative because of its properties as an antimicrobial, capable of killing off harmful bacteria.
Sodium diacetate: A combination of sodium acetate and acetic acid, it helps to fight fungus and bacterial growth.
Sodium erythorbate: A sodium salt of erythorbic acid, it has replaced the use of sulfites in many foods and serves as a preservative and to help keep meat-based products pink.
Sodium nitrate: This common preservative helps meats retain their color and also keep food borne illnesses, such as botulism, to a minimum. Frequently found in fireworks and fertilizer.
Mechanically separated meat: As the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) describes it, this "paste-like and batter-like poultry product [is] produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a device under high pressure.” *show photo*
Now that we’ve gone over just a few of the ingredients, let’s move on the imposing risks that’s processed meat can have on our health.
B: Explaining some of the imposing health risks
Sodium erythorbate: Some people report side effects, including dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and if consumed in large quantities, kidney stones.
Sodium nitrate: Animal studies have linked sodium nitrates to an increased risk of cancer.
In 2007, the American Institute for Cancer Research reviewed more than 7,000 studies on all aspects of diet and cancer risk. Its report that for very 50 grams of processed meat (about two slices of Black Forest ham), eaten daily, increases your risk of colorectal cancer by an average of 21 percent.
We’ve discussed just a few of the imposing health risks, so let’s go over the nutritional content… or lack thereof.
C: Going over a few nutritional content
Sodium: 4 times the amount found in processed meat, compared to unprocessed meat, which can increase high blood pressure.
Nitrate: Although small traces of nitrate is produced naturally in animals, there’s 50% more nitrate preservatives found in processed meat.
Saturated Fat: On average, 1 serving contains 25% of our recommended daily intake of saturated fats, which can put you at risk for cancer, diabetes, ovarian disorders, and other health risks.
As you see, there are very little nutritional benefits of processed meats. So, I would like to give you some healthier alternatives.
D: Offering you alternatives to replace your craving for processed meat.
One major reason we opt for processed meats, is that it’s cost effective.
Many grocery stores offer good quality meats at a discounted price, towards the end of the day.
Instead of using deli meat, try other alternatives such as tuna, egg salad, or chicken.
If you’re craving sausage, consider making your own at home by buying minced meat and adding your own spices.
Instead of a hot dog, try out other alternatives like the east coast favorite, lobster roll.
Although it can seem tempting, consider the potential risks you’re exposing yourself to the next time you want to eat that chemically infused hot dog, deli meat, canned meat or sausage. I hope that you will reconsider eating processed meats, by the data I’ve provided, which is
1) Informing you of the most commonly used ingredients 2) Explaining some of the imposing health risks 3) Going over the nutritional content and 4) Offering you alternatives to replace your craving for processed meat. So, for the next Fourth of July, just remember that what’s in your hot dog, is also in that spectacular fireworks show in the sky.
Harmon-Courage, Katherine, “What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained.” Scientific American. 2 July 2011. Web. 19 October 2013 <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/07/02/whats-in-your-wiener-hot-dog-ingredients-explained/>
“Red and Processed Meats: The Cancer Connection.” American Cancer Research.
23 June 2011. Web. 10 October 2013 <http://www.aicr.org/reduce-your-cancer-risk/diet/elements_red_processed_meat.html>
“Processed Meat Raises Risk of Dying From Cancer and Heart Disease, Study Finds.” Huffington Post. 30 May 2013. Web. 1 November 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/07/processed-meat-cancer-heart-disease-death-risk_n_2829092.html>