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study claims to link processed meats including bacon to heart disease
This has been linked to a few times now. Here's my response from another thread (adapted):
Correlation does not imply causation. First, many of the store-bought processed meats contain less than ideal fillers. Check the label. Second, they didn't take into account the rest of the diet of those in both groups. People who eat a large amount of processed meats are also more likely to eat other things that are questionable for their health, i.e. processed grains, sugars, etc. which I'm assuming are the real culprits.
Yeah, about a week in to eating primal my room mate (who is also doing a primal thang but trying to gain weight rather than lose it) looked at me one morning and said "dude, we've been eating bacon like it's a health food... maybe we need to chill out." I think bacon (especially bacon that's been cured in any way/pretty much any store bought bacon) should be a sometimes food. Even though it just looks like strips of meat, it is fairly "processed" anyways...