Tuesday, April 17, 2007


The notion of living a meat-free life holds some attraction to us. But then we think about bacon.

Bacon. Greatest foodstuff ever. Good with salad, pairs well with peanut butter, and quite tasty wrapped around another piece of meat. Can't say that about tofu.

So of course the researchers have to be killjoys. According to the BBC:
Eating large quantities of cured meats like bacon could damage lung function and increase the risk of lung disease.

A Columbia University team found people who ate cured meats at least 14 times a month were more likely to have COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, kills around 30,000 people in the UK each year.

The report, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, said nitrites in meat may be to blame.
Smoking while eating bacon is not a good idea.


Anonymous said...

Nitrate free bacon is widely for sale at places such as Whole Foods Market.

Tastes even better than the regular stuff.

Of course we don't have very many stores like that around here.

Anonymous said...

Sounds very kosher to me. Oy vey!

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, bacon. And cigarettes. Ummm.