Uh oh sorry guys. Remember this article I wrote a few months ago telling you that bacon can be part of a healthy diet? Well, it turns out that maybe I jumped the gun a little bit. It looks like we might have to give up those salty, thick cut, hickory smoked slices of euphoria if we want to have a healthy diet.
A study of over half a million people in Europe has shown that diets high in processed meats like bacon, ham, and sausage increase the risk of early death because of their link to cardiovascular problems and cancer.
The study followed people from 10 European countries for nearly 13 years and found that one in every 17 people died. However, those eating more than 160g of processed meat a day – roughly two sausages and a slice of bacon – were 44% more likely to die over a typical follow-up time of 12.7 years than those eating about 20g. In total, nearly 10,000 people died from cancer and 5,500 from heart problems. These people had other unhealthy lifestyle habits like smoking and were overweight, but researchers said that those risk factors were accounted for and that processed meat had a significant factor in their damaged health.
I guess this study isn’t that surprising. We’re all well aware that processed foods and red meat are bad for our health. Maybe it’s time we finally admit it and stop looking for studies to dispute this fact and excuse our bacon obsession? I’m pretty sure we all know that wrapping bacon around sliced peaches or scallops isn’t healthy. And sure moderation is a great thing, but how much moderation is too much moderation when we’re moderating all sorts of things into our diets? Bacon, ice cream, macaroni and cheese, chocolate…the list goes on and on. When do we finally just let these things go and commit to a healthy diet?
I know I’m not blowing anyone’s mind with the information that bacon is bad for you, but maybe it’s high time we stop fawning over bacon. Do any of us even eat those ridiculous Banana-Bacon Cinnamon Roll recipes that are so popular on Pinterest? I think most of us pin them because of the pure ridiculousness of the recipe itself. We don’t have any real intention to eat that (thinking of it is making my stomach turn). I think it’s about time to admit that bacon, as delicious as it is, just isn’t worth it.