Eating over three rashers of bacon daily ups cardiovascular, diabetes and cancer risk

In a new study, researchers have warned that consuming over three rashers of bacon triggers risk of cardiovascular diseases by a quarter. Researchers collected data of past five decades and found that eating more than 50 gram of processed meat a day could increase the risk of dying from heart disease by 24 percent.

It not only adversely affects heart but it also triggers diabetes risk by 32 percent and ups cancer risk by 8 percent. Diabetes is a root of several diseases and it initiates the risk of several other diseases, thus, eating processed meat in large quantities over a long period of time makes you prone diseases leading to early death.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, predicted the harmful effects of red meat and processed meat but they had no direct evidence to prove. So, researchers studied the dangers of eating red meat such as beef, veal, pork, lamb and mutton and processed varieties such as ham, sausages, bacon, frankfurters and salami.

After studying, study authors concluded that consuming over 100 grams of unprocessed meat a day ups the risk of advanced prostate cancer and bowel cancer by 19 percent and 17 percent respectively while death from heart disease by 15 percent and breast cancer by 11 percent.
While explaining, researchers said that it may be due to the cooking of meat at high temperatures. As high temperatures, several chemicals like heterocyclic amines are produced which are harmful and triggers cancer risk.
Professor Alicja Wolk, who led the study, said, “During recent decades, consumption of red meat has been increasing globally, especially in developing countries,” adding, “At the same time, there has been growing evidence that high consumption of red meat, especially of processed meat, may be associated with an increased risk of several major chronic diseases.”

“Overall it’s plausible to conclude – taking into account the available scientific evidence – that high consumption of red meat and especially processed meat is associated with the increased risk of several major chronic diseases and preterm mortality,” Wolk further said.
Study authors blame increased red meat consumption in developing countries behind overall global red meat consumption by 5-6 percent.
Moreover, World Health Organisation (WHO) report present in October last year said that processed meat ups cancer risk and another study has supported the previous find.
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  • Edwin

    In June of 2015, it was discovered that I had type 2 diabetes. By the end of the month, I was given a prescription for Metformin. I stated the ADA diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140,With no results to how for my hard work, I panicked and called my doctor. His response, Deal with it. I began to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research. Then I found Lisa’s blog (google ” HOW I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ), I read it from cover to cover and I started the diet and by the next morning, my blood sugar was 100. Since then, I have a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s. My doctor was so surprised at the results that, the next week, he took me off the Metformin. I lost 30 pounds in the first month and lost more than 6 inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy,The truth i.e can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods。

  • Tman

    Respectfully, your article is misguided. A high fat low carbohydrate diet that includes bacon (preferably nitrite free, hormone free) actually REVERSE Type 2 Diabetes. I have reversed and put into remission, off all my medications, my Type 2 Diabetes using a Ketogenic High Fat Low Carbohydrate Diet, rich in saturated fats, and regular cycles of intermittent fasting with tea, coffee, and broth. I lowered my triglycerides to below 100, doubled my HDL, a Trig/HDL ratio of 2 – not worried about LDL and an A1c of 5.1.

  • George

    Hang on.
    First you say 3 rashers of bacon.
    Then you say processed meat.
    Which is it? Most processed meat is nothing like bacon. In fact there is zero epidemiological research that measures bacon in isolation. There are animal experiments, but in these, bacon prevents colon cancer.
    It is probably more relevant that processed meat of the luncheon/frankfurter type is low in vitamins and is eaten by poor people who cannot afford to eat well, who work in polluted industries, who drink too much sugar, and so on.