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Would you give up bacon?

A new study has linked eating processed meats like bacon, sausages and ham to a greater risk of breast cancer for older women. 

The study found that post-menopausal women who ate roughly two sausages or three rashers of bacon a week – the equivalent of 9g a day – were a fifth more likely to develop breast cancer than those who avoided processed meat altogether.

The findings revealed that even those who ate small and infrequent servings of these foods were 15 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer compared to those who abstained.

This follows closely after warnings from the World Health Organisation in 2015 that processed meat, including bacon, is carcinogenic.

It’s the strongest evidence yet that a connection between these foods and breast cancer exists. One in six cases of cancer in the UK are breast cancer, with 55,000 new cases a year.

Cured, fermented and processed meats are already closely linked with bowel cancer.

Despite strong warnings that bacon and sausage are linked to a greater risk of cancer, these products are still eaten daily or weekly by people all over the UK.

What do you think? Would you give up bacon knowing it increases your risk of cancer?

Or do you believe this is just another scaremongering story?

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Would you give up bacon?

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Calli
1st Jun 2018
2
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Life is short enough, but to do it without bacon, what would be the point? I might also add to that food list, butter and heavy cream.
jorid
28th Feb 2018
0
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So many things come out almost daily these days, what is bad or good for you. Everybody's bodies are different, we process things differently too, so i listen to my body and yes the old saying all things in moderation does it for me.
However i have an allergy to red meat so bacon is out for me.
1BA
26th Feb 2018
0
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I do not eat bacon, but do purchase it as a treat or the family once a month or so I only buy Organic Bacon the is nitrate free. Would not touch any of the bacon in supermarkets
sparrer
12th Jan 2018
1
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I've said no I wouldn't give up bacon etc. I may reconsider but only if there were 100% definite proof that it will give me breast cancer. Until then, as another Slimming World member I'm happy to continue with their suggestions, and enjoy my full English a couple of times a week.
ginntonic
12th Jan 2018
1
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This is not new. Doctors have been saying it for years. I wont be giving it up. I eat anything I want but in moderation .
1BA
12th Jan 2018
1
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I personally do not eat bacon or sausages, but do buy it for other family members. I buy organic meat from a farm that does not use perseratives even those allowed in Organic faming. There is no way I would give m family sausages or bacon from the supermarket.
Novos
10th Jan 2018
1
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I retailed bacon for over 40 years. I notice that the reports on bacon don't seem to mention the difference between smoked bacon and unsmoked (plain) bacon). I firmly believe unsmoked bacon will not do you as much harm (if any) as smoked bacon may do.
Sunfunmama
8th Jan 2018
2
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Im following a healthy diet, Slimming World and they advocate lean bacon in unlimited amounts. Our Nhs doctors recommend these groups.
Somebody needs to tell us the real truth
Maureen
6th Jan 2018
2
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I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, very soon it will have links with more meat we eat that has been factory farmed. And the animals have been pumped full of antibiotics because they are packed so tight to stop infections spreading. And we will I belive find many other diseases will be linked to these practices. Plus the excessive use of antibiotics on animals will cause many problems when they begin not to help in preventing the spread of infectious diseases in humans. Not a good future to leave our grandchildren for cheap meat now???
Pauline52
5th Jan 2018
5
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The only thing I know for certain is that one day, I will die! Every single action I take contributes - one way or another - to that eventuality. I eat and drink most things in moderation most of the time, and I firmly believe that worrying about these endless scare reports is more harmful to health and well-being than any food on the menu.

Stress is the biggest modern day killer - and is there any wonder when we hear so much conflicting 'advice'!
Kes
5th Jan 2018
5
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I am reading this article, and the views below, as I eat a bacon butty. (Butchers streaky bacon)
I totally agree with Yodama’s views. I doubt that food processing companies will ever stop engineering food. More pressure, and regulation should be applied to them, and less fear and alarm directed at consumers. There appears to be an ever decreasing thin line between sensible advice and scaremongering these day.
Sensibility seems to fade into the abyss when it comes to processing, buying and eating food.
The masses, who will always be catered for by food processing organisations and supermarkets, want cheap’ish fast processed food and the faster the better.
There is a saying....’everything in moderation’. I get that, but perhaps not ‘everything’.
My butty was delicious.
Beagle63
5th Jan 2018
4
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Given that so much of the beef, chicken and lamb sold in the UK has been Halal slaughtered - which I find utterly inhumane - then pork is the only meat you can be assured has been killed in the accepted UK manner.
JudithJ8
5th Jan 2018
5
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I wont give up bacon, sausages, fried bread, black pudding, eggs, or anything else to do with a full english breakfast,or sandwiches. I was told when I was younger everything in moderation. It seems to me that today, people have forgotten this and gorge themselves. Another saying I was taught is Breakfast like a KIng, Luncheon like a Prince and Dine like a Pauper, I have stuck to these two sayings all my life.
Alicia
5th Jan 2018
3
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No problem as I don't eat meat !
linj
5th Jan 2018
4
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So many scare stories about what not to eat. Just glad I don’t eat anything that has a face .
MrsPat
4th Jan 2018
4
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No I like it too much and so does my old man. He loves bacon butties especially at the weekend with lashings of ketchup and mushrooms and eggs on it as well -perfect
Wilf
4th Jan 2018
2
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This is not that new news. For some years scientists have been saying that bacon and sausages and other processed meats are possibly carcinogenic. I have cut down on both these meats but especially sausages which I think mostly are processed muck. I also like pigs as I think we underestimate their intelligence. Would I eat my dog? No of course not so why eat an intelligent animal like a pig? I rest my case. I am also worried about eating fish which are eating plastic and ask my wife when she is cooking fish if we are having "Plastic Fish" for dinner?
Lionel
4th Jan 2018
1
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The problem as I see it, Wilf, is we're all caught between a rock and a hard place.

My nearly son in law has worked in the processed food industry for almost 30 years. As you know I was in farming and when we get together we exchange notes and remembrances. He just plain won't touch processed food which is probably why he likes my home cooking.

Between farmers and food processors our so called 'food,' is utterly bastardised - in short, unrecognisable when compared to, say, a garden grown potato or an egg from home raised chickens.

Let's go to bacon. I used to rear bacon pigs. Pork is injected with a dark viscous substance which yields either the flavour of smoked or unsmoked bacon. Ah, there's the problem. Bacon is not bacon as it should be. So when discussing the potentially cancerous properties of bacon we must be careful to distinguish between genuinely smoked bacon - Western man has thrived on that - from processed pork. That, I believe, is where the problem lies.

Perhaps we should consider also so called smoked fish. Having known a trawler man turned fishmonger for a number of years I don't touch supermarket fish. Their smoked cod/haddock is treated in much the same way as the bacon. It's never been near a smokehouse. But we may get the real thing, at a price, from Southwold a dozen miles away.

I was born in a small West Norfolk village, right next to a fish and chip shop. Another very active member of Surfers has a strong connection to that village. Our next door neighbour had a smokehouse for cod, haddock, herring and sometimes bacon. He would leave a flitch of bacon smoking for 4 days. Fish would be 24 hours. That was food, real food; the 'treated,' stuff we may now buy is not in that league.

The rock and the hard place? The ideal is 'real' food, but so many people don't know what that is or can't access it at reasonable cost. The treated supermarket option is their only recourse.

Considering my ethnicity I shouldn't eat pork. But, if you looked inside our fridge tonight there's a real smoked gammon rasher. I can justify its presence theologically and nutritionally.

These 'reports' frighten people unnecessarily. A lady I knew some years ago, a nurse of many years service, said, 'the fear of a disease is often worse than the disease itself, but fear of it, obsessing about it, may easily bring it on.

That's why I don't read these newspaper reports.
Wilf
5th Jan 2018
3
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Very interesting Lionel and food for thought. Yes I suppose that on a mass scale it would be very difficult to smoke all the millions of rashers we eat daily. Food production is truely industrial looking at the "bleached "chickens in the USA on the news last night. Where will it all end? I read last week Japans population is going from 126 million now to 51 million in 100 years. If we could gte all population decreased which I am sure we will in the next 200 years we may stand a chance of going back to a better time for food and indeed living standards. until then in many countries including the UK it looks like the current bad practices will continue...includi9ng having to eat "Plastic Fish" which will be around for 100 years until we cleanse the sea of plastic and fibres.
Lionel
5th Jan 2018
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Yes, population is a problem yet I believe the earth yields sufficient food to feed mankind, well, at the moment. But I see two problematic areas the resolution to which involves a political and cultural shift.

If Western governments would cease playing food politics and allow a free market food economy across the globe without tariffs and trade barriers then I believe famine could be eradicated for the foreseeable future. But, like nuclear armaments food is a powerful political weapon and I can't see my hope coming to pass.

The latter part of the 20th century saw economic booms in India, China and parts of Africa and South America. The West has so successfully exported its culture to these nations that their peoples eagerly desire Western life styles and food. Thus, China which traditionally has had a low meat consumption is importing British lamb, American beef and pork from wherever it may get it. The same may be said for the other areas. This has caused an imbalance between food production and consumption resulting in even more intensive production methods and poorer quality products.

However, I'm not hopeful there will be any beneficial changes. Food shortages in the West is yet possible, and as populations swell through mass migration the supply chain is put under increasing pressure.

If you recall, during the Soviet era there were vast queues to buy staples such as bread and potatoes. Meat was a luxury afforded the few. I wouldn't want to see that realised over here but it's not impossible.
Woottonm
4th Jan 2018
4
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Is there anything else that we should or should not be eating.

What faceless wonder has thought this one up.

Keep bacon on the menu in moderation
Yodama
4th Jan 2018
4
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How do the population know from one day to the next what the "experts" and food gurus decide what is good or bad for them? Who are these people anyway? Just faceless bodies with a vested interest in Social Engineering and how the stock market.
reacts to people in fear.

We have been inundated with their conflicting opinions over the years, manipulated by fear mongering. We have eaten bacon for centuries, I think bacon might be on the menu in heaven, if not, I'm not going there.

What is a grill called without bacon and sausages?
Perhaps the contents of modern day products must be examined more closely. Instead of pure products, additives and substitutes are allowed. More stringent rules must be put in place to prevent rubbish being added in the name of cost saving and longevity.
I will still carry on eating delicious bacon.

WHO ........Eat my shorts!!!
bikerman
13th Jun 2018
0
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Yodama I have read your comments from conscription to bacon, I think I love you xxxx lol
Yodama
13th Jun 2018
0
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Thank you bikerman, I am most flattered that you find my comments interesting enough to have read them through. I am a bit of a ranter and sometimes wonder if I have gone over the top a smidgen!
Glad they amuse you.
Don't go mad with the declarations albeit tongue in cheek.
Ahem! Does that mean you agree with my provocative views?

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