What Is the Definition of Processed Meats?

While there is no one true definition of processed meats, it generally means any meat that has been cured, salted or smoked, or any meat that has had chemicals added. Some examples of processed meats include hot dogs, bologna and salami.

According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, an individual should avoid eating processed meats and should limit the amount of red meat in a regular diet to no more than 18 ounces per week. The process by which meat is cured can destroy healthy cells in the body, which can lead to a variety of cancers, including colorectal cancer.