Comment by Jim Campbell
March 20th, 2020
There’s Web M.D. and other sources that will lead the reader to believe bacon is a type 1 carcinogen.
There are few certainties in life, one is no one gets out of this world alive.
Few people at the moment they are going to die say, I wish I would have passed on my favorite, “Cherry pie.”
Factually, it’s how one cooks it that makes all the difference in the world.
If one fries it and allows it to bathe in bacon oil, indeed it’s likely a carcinogen.
If it is cooked in a microwave oven this is not the case.
Bacon grease contains nitrosomines.
By Janie McQueen
If you follow food trends, you know the bacon craze is still on.
It seems whatever is served, this popular processed meat can figure in as a flavor booster, whether it’s for pizza, salad, dessert, or even liquor.
Still, conflicting reports about bacon abound.
First you hear it’s bad for you.
Then it’s OK. So, should you eat it or not?
“Bacon smells and tastes great.
However, I have never seen any evidence that it is actually good for you,” says Sonya Angelone, a registered dietitian nutritionist and a nutrition expert in San Francisco.
People tend to think of bacon as a fresh cut of meat, like a pork chop or a steak.
It’s not. It starts out as pork belly.
Then it goes through heavy processing: curing, smoking, or salting.
This makes the finished product more like hot dogs and lunch meats.
These methods usually use nitrites — a type of salt — and nitrates, which are found naturally in vegetables and convert to nitrite as you chew.
The additives preserve meat, kill bacteria, and boost flavor and color.
But they can also damage blood vessels and make a stroke more likely, Angelone says.
Not-So-Great News for Bacon Lovers
Bacon took a hard blow in October 2015, when the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, named processed meat — which includes bacon — a “Group 1 carcinogen.”
This means there’s enough evidence that eating these foods can cause colon or stomach cancer, says Marji McCullough, a registered dietitian, and director of nutritional epidemiology for the American Cancer Society.
Red meat — and that’s what pork belly is considered — was linked to pancreatic and prostate cancers as well.
“Another problem is that bacon is usually part of a not-so-healthy meal like bacon and eggs with toast and butter — no produce — or in a sandwich with lots of mayonnaise and other processed meats,” Angelone says.
“It comes back to what you’re eating overall.”