• Bacon and me: a breakup story 29 October 2015 | View comments

  • As of 2 pm yesterday afternoon bacon and I are over, for the foreseeable future (aka until I cave).

    Monday, October 26th, 2015, the day vegetarians rejoiced everywhere as the World Health Organisation announced there’s a definite link between eating processed meats and cancer.

    Before you chicken lovers out there get your wings in a twist, it was by-and-large laying red meats with the blame. Giving it group 1 carcinogen status, joining tobacco, alcohol and arsenic.

    What you need to know about the association with cancer

    The product named the biggest offender was bacon, every meat eater's favourite breakfast accompaniment. Causing thousands to reconsider their long-term relationship with the striped salty slices, myself included.

    Our collective affinity to bacon was most likely induced by Homer Simpson’s longings, or by the mouth-watering smell given off cooking. Dampening any love for said smell is that this new research pinpoints the cooking process to the cause. Without bringing in indigestible jargon, sizzling away with the rawness are chemical reactions. Nitrates and nitrites added to preserve the food turn into cancerous compounds when fried or grilled at high temperatures.

    Mmm, bacon [20th Century Fox]                

    This news is greeted with little surprise seeing as we’re already well aware that processed meats high in saturated fat contribute to heart disease and obesity. Seemingly just another addition to the ever-growing list of cancer causes, where risk increases with consumption. 

    Fear not, you’re not about to keel over mid-bite while enjoying a bacon or sausage sarnie. Lessening the demon factor of bacon is that consumption is only said to be a cause for concern if you’re eating over two rashers, or 50 grams a day. Raising your colorectal cancer risk by 18%. Whoever’s eating that much obviously hasn’t been inspired through delving’s into the smoked salmon, egg and avocado section of Instagram.

    Despite what Luther Vandross may lead you to believe, there is such a thing as too much [HBO]

    Processed foods are the convenient option for on-the-go lifestyles, but maybe it’s time to make the effort and cook from scratch more frequently, probably saving yourself some money while you’re at it. McDonalds just came out of a 12-month decline in sales while more instant food outlets latch onto us becoming more health conscious. 

    Remembering everything is okay in moderation and considering alternatives to red meats is the key to using this information to alter our diets for the best in vitality. Switching bacon for omega-3 rich fish may just be the right dinner plate move.

    Now can someone pass me the Frazzles? I have a new edible hangover comforter to find.

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