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Salted Fish Can Also Cause of Cancer, What's the Reason?

Basically fish meat has good protein for human body. However, the process until the meat of the fish becomes dry and has a salty flavor is noteworthy.

Salted Fish Can Also Cause of Cancer, What's the Reason?
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TRIBUNBATAM.id -  In an event titled "Patient Journey in Oncology Total Solution" held by PT Kalbe Farma Tbk in Bogor, Tuesday (7/10/2019), Head of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation, Professor Dr. Dr. Aru W Sudoyo SpPD KHOM FINASIM FACP, said that fish salty is also one of the foods that can trigger the cancer.

Basically fish meat has good protein for the human body. However, the process until the meat of the fish becomes dry and has a salty flavor is noteworthy. 

Aru said, there are two bad or bad things about salted fish and can be a trigger for cancer.

1. High salt content

To make fresh fish into salted fish, the process will go through salting so that it lasts. And salt can inhibit or kill bacteria that cause spoilage in fish. The fish salting process is

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generally carried out in three ways, namely dry salting, wet salting and kench salting. 

2. The process of drying salted fish

After salting, salted fish will usually be dried in a yard that is exposed to direct sunlight. "In the drying process, there is a change in the fish meat cells, so that the nitrate ingredients, known as Nitrosamin, appear," he said. 

Then what are the potential causes of cancer?

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer (KNF) is one of the cancers that can occur due to consuming too often salted fish. "Because of the habits of our people (Indonesia) eating salted fish with hot rice, so the Nitrosamine substance is also carried by steam, therefore many people are affected by the esophagus and stomach," he said.

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