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Thanks, World Health Organization, for starting our week off with a major downer. Although we appreciate your latest bit of news about how processed meat can lead to bowel cancer, and also that red meat is a likely cause of the disease, we just need a moment to process how we will ever go on in life being happy. 

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A study conducted over the past 20 years looked at more than 800 reports from several continents about meat and cancer. The findings were that the International Agency for Research on Cancer "classified processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans,' and that it linked to colon cancer." The report also noted that "red meat contains some important nutrients, but still labeled it 'probably carcinogenic,' with links to colon, prostate and pancreatic cancers."

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Just so we're all clear, processed meat includes bacon, sausage, hot dogs, ham, and red meat is all types of mammalian meat, including beef, lamb, and pork. 

While we do try to eat healthy and in moderation, how can we have a proper brunch without chorizo, or dinner without carnitas? How!? 

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So, with this news in mind,  let's bid farewell to some of our favorite Latin meals that were a big part of our lives. Cue the sad music and inevitable ugly cry. 

1

Ropa Vieja

No filter necessary ( #???? @motherfuckin_jay) #ropavieja #guacamole #avocado #yuccafries

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A dish consisting of stewed beef with vegetables. 

2

Weenie con huevo

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A favorite Mexican breakfast made simply with hot dog and eggs



3

Jamon con huevo

Like weenie con huevo, jamon works just as well. 

4

Cuban sandwich

We love you, pork and ham sandwich!

5

Vienna sausage con arroz

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Arroz con salchichas. . . perfect for lunch or anytime really. 

6

Churrasco and lomo saltado

A stir fry that typically combines marinated strips of sirloin, or other beef steak, with onions, tomatoes, and other ingredients, served with fried potato slices and rice.

7

Chorizo con huevo

Another breakfast staple. 

8

Bistec encebollado

Beef steak with sauteed onions. 

9

Sancocho

A traditional Latin soup with pork and beef. 

10

Arroz con habichuelas

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Can't go wrong with Spam and rice. 

11

Mondongo

A soup made from diced tripe (the stomach of a cow or pig) slow-cooked with vegetables like bell peppers, onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic.