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"It showed people who ate a lot of processed meat were also more likely to smoke,
be obese and have other behaviours known to damage health."
--Yep which also played a part in death..
"But after adjusting for smoking, obesity and other confounders
we THINK there is a risk of eating processed meat."--they THINK oh well that settles it..real scientific
But wait there's more....
Tracy Parker, a heart health dietitian with the British Heart Foundation, said the research suggested processed meat MIGHT be linked to an increased risk of early death, but those who ate more of it in the study also made "other unhealthy lifestyle choices".
"They were found to eat less fruit and vegetables and were more likely to smoke, which may have had an impact on results.
---Gee you think ?!? Seriously so this what constitutes a scientific study these days
Of course the media will take the big scary headline and run with it
I would have been highly skeptical had I not read other studies that said the same about cured meat products in particular. Bacon falls into the category of things I rarely cook. I usually eat it only for a treat when offered to me by someone (another household member) who fixes it, AND when I am hungry. Since he normally cooks bacon for his midnight snack and I never eat at midnight, I don't eat it often.
I am more likely to eat bacon than potato chips, but neither of us eat them anymore. Heath bars? Maybe a tie if someone were offering.
The closer an animal or plant is to its original state, most likely, the more healthy it is. Curing in its many forms has been around for since as long as man noticed that salting, dehydrating, etc. made food last longer. The pigs from which the bacon comes from may be factory, pastured (or at least close to pastured), or wild. "Bacon" covers a wide range of quality.
"Bacon will kill you!!!" is barely a statement worth wondering about.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
I'm with Joanie on this one. I don't know if I'd consider real bacon to be a processed meat, in the sense that conventional hot dogs or bologna are. With bacon, you still know exactly what you're getting, it still looks like pig meat, but it's been smoked and cured. Good bacon isn't cured with chemicals anyway. It's almost like calling jerky a processed meat because it's been dried.