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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 11:37:39 AM »
Looks like I should have been dead years ago.  LOL

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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 11:42:00 AM »
Sounds like Cracker Barrel may be a death merchant.
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 12:18:47 PM »
Several things:

1.  The study talks about rashers, and although I ate rashers this morning the bacon we typically get in the US is belly bacon, aka streaky bacon, and comes from a different part of the animal.

2.  This study says there is no link in women:
http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/17/aje.kwr092.abstract

3.  The incidence of pancreatic cancer is about 14 cases per 100,000 people per year.  The bad news is that you are about 10 times more likely to get pancreatic cancer than Lou Gehrig's disease.  The good news is that the chances of both are very small.  A 29% increase in a very small number is still very small.  Further, the median age at onset is 72 years.

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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 12:44:17 PM »
Several things:

1.  The study talks about rashers, and although I ate rashers this morning the bacon we typically get in the US is belly bacon, aka streaky bacon, and comes from a different part of the animal.

2.  This study says there is no link in women:
http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/06/17/aje.kwr092.abstract

3.  The incidence of pancreatic cancer is about 14 cases per 100,000 people per year.  The bad news is that you are about 10 times more likely to get pancreatic cancer than Lou Gehrig's disease.  The good news is that the chances of both are very small.  A 29% increase in a very small number is still very small.  Further, the median age at onset is 72 years.

Eat bacon.

Nitrates, when used as preservatives and color-enhancing agents for meats, can react with the body’s natural amino acids to form nitrosamines. Nitrosamines have been linked with cancers in humans according to some studies.

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/ASSETS/3D19685391C44EA9909A5937B64B444D/Nitrates.pdf

It also depends on your body chemistry, more specifically it is when nitrates are converted into nitrites in the large intestine then reabsorbed into the body that pose a health threat. However, if normal conditions exist in the intestine, such as a low pH, the nitrate is simply processed and removed as waste without any harmful effects.
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2012, 12:44:31 PM »
Ohh Crap!

I'm currently curing 10 lbs. of Pork Belly (Bacon) to be smoked on Sunday. Who wants my brewing equipment so I can change my will???
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2012, 12:45:53 PM »
Ohh Crap!

I'm currently curing 10 lbs. of Pork Belly (Bacon) to be smoked on Sunday. Who wants my brewing equipment so I can change my will???

Just don't use nitrates...use salt and sugar alone.
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2012, 12:50:13 PM »
Ohh Crap!

I'm currently curing 10 lbs. of Pork Belly (Bacon) to be smoked on Sunday. Who wants my brewing equipment so I can change my will???

Just don't use nitrates...use salt and sugar alone.
Too late. Morton Tender Quick has been applied. Which is mostly salt.

And for the record.  BEER causes CANCER too...... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_and_cancer
As well as a whole slew of other things..  Just sayin'.....

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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 12:56:23 PM »
Life causes cancer.  Stop worrying about it.

The link isn't nearly as clear as cigarettes/cancer.  How many smokey bars do you play Ron? :)
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 01:08:50 PM »
Life causes cancer.  Stop worrying about it.

The link isn't nearly as clear as cigarettes/cancer.  How many smokey bars do you play Ron? :)

None...Delaware is a smoke free state.  :)
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2012, 01:36:12 PM »
horses***! This is just another study done by a vegetarian/vegan group. Pull up the movie 'Fathead' on netflix and take a look... again, its just another point of view but between all the corruption between govt agencies and research labs wanting to make sure they get their funding, they'll publish anything that gets them that money.
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2012, 01:41:04 PM »
Oh please...  Walking outside increases risk of cancer, in more ways than can be counted.
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2012, 01:55:46 PM »
Pull up the movie 'Fathead' on netflix and take a look...

Is it in Swedish? ;D
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2012, 02:15:39 PM »
While the info in the report may or may mot be correct, it certainly doesn't sound like it comes from a "vegetarian/vegan group".

"The latest study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, is from researchers at the respected Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden."
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Re: Bacon increases cancer risk
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2012, 02:23:06 PM »
Didn't they say it was combined from multiple different studies and this was almost a side finding.  Maybe I misheard it on the new this morning.

Regardless, bacon me!