Bacon Causes Cancer

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  • EarlVOstar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Once again, here is where science and media clash. If science does a study on, well, let's say eggs, and say "The proper serving of eggs a day(2 eggs) can be good for your health." The media responds by saying, "SCIENCE SAYS EVERYONE EAT EGGS!!! THEY'RE GOOD FOR YOU!!!" Then everyone eats half a dozen eggs a day and people start having health problems. Then science says, "If you reduce your daily intake of eggs to no more than two eggs a day, you won't have the health problems you've been seeing." Media turns around and says, "SCIENCE SAYS STOP EATING SO MANY EGGS!!! THEY'RE BAD FOR YOU!!!" Then the people get confused and angry at science because they think they made a contradictory statement.


    it's about moderation people! Understand what a serving is and follow that. As Stephen Fry once said, "That's the meaning of 'too much!' You've have more than you're supposed to!" Just be smart about your food intake and you'll be fine. Just watch out for that bus that's about to hit you as you jog on your daily route.

    • MasterBaded FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Thank you! Honestly moderation is key. Also it's not like this is necessarily new information. Scientists have known the effects of processed foods and red meat on the human body for years. There is no reason to deny yourself meat unless you are extremely unhealthy (diabetes, overweight/obese/ etc.)

  • DecoyBoy

    1 year ago

    Totally believable. #1 because studies like this love to generalize, and #2 because most processed meats contain Sodium Nitrate as a preservative. Sodium Nitrate, not shockingly, is also linked to colorectal cancer. Two things learned here; buy fresh unprocessed meat and your fine, and the food industry can add any kind of poison to your food as long as it takes 20 years or more to kill you.

  • xdrfiredogx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    If I could roll my eyes any further back...

    Reading a bit deeper into it, it's very easy to overstate what they are classifying and how they do so.They are saying that the majority of studies they have looked at shows that people with cancer typically eat processed meat. So it's sure to cause some cancer in some people.

    That said, the increase is an increase in what your chances of getting cancer are when you eat processed or red meat vs when you don't. So if the average person has a 10% chance of getting one of the cancers they linked eating bacon to and eating two slices increases the odds by 18%, it's not that the odds have suddenly jumped to 28%, your odds have increased by 18% of 10%, giving you a risk of 11.8%.

    If you eat bacon for breakfast every day and a steak for dinner every night then you might be pushing your luck a bit but the odds are still higher in that case of you dropping dead from heart issues exaserbated by your food choices then of getting cancer...

  • jmb83 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Well I'm f-ed. Then again these people also say milk is bad for you so I'm gonna call BS. Besides, I've been eating meat ever since I've had teeth and could chew it, for at least one meal a day. So about 30 years of eating meat, let's see if I have cancer. Pretty damn sure I've got high cholesterol but not cancer.

  • gsus_17 UrbanPlanner

    1 year ago

    umm.. I just ate some canned ham.. I'm gonna go throw up now...

  • Alex_Foss Alex Foss

    1 year ago

    "Bacon Causes Cancer"... that's three words.. there are three sides on a triangle..

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  • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Worth noting: just because it's in the same category doesn't mean it's as dangerous as smoking and asbestos. The category is how confident they are in its ability to cause cancer, not in the risk. CBC is using some back-of-the-napkin math to suggest that smoking is still 25 fold more dangerous

  • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Until they come up with an alternative to bacon, I'm going to eat bacon. Problem with this: whatever it is will almost certainly be worse than bacon.

  • Galahad_LXIX FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Looks like I'm getting Cancer. Life is short. Eat Meat.

  • Iakavas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    well i found out the truth every person with cancer had drank water some time in their life so water causes cancer. bet it's bad statistics create by party with an agenda.

  • dbooze FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    if those stats are true i have a 1,000,000% percent chance of having cancer

  • Vhoxz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    i smoke, i drink, i eat tons of red meat, i'm still fine. And, in the end we all have to die.
    Christ, I wouldnt be suprised if someone said my cereal or my peanuts cause cancer as well.

  • Dum8kid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    TL;DR Fuck science

    I'm calling so much fucking bull shit, I've lived off of almost nothing but meat since I could chew, as does my dad who's 60 and chugging along just fine. As well as his father before him, and his father before him. people have been devouring meat since the dawn of time, if it's causing cancer now, I'm going out on a limb and saying someone's fucking with it. Whether it's chemicals in the food, antibiotic shots for the cows or something else I don't know, but I do know if it was as dangerous as they claimed we would've sworn it off millennia ago.

  • Jeshire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Everything can cause cancer it seems. It involves moderation, in other words, don't eat only that food, mix it up. The extremes that so called researches go with on foods is amazing, seems they change their minds a bunch too.

  • fuzz197 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I feel like the report just affirmed what most people knew; Anything that's processed that heavily likely isn't good for you. It all goes back to moderation in the end. If nothing else, I do hope it helps some people with healthier diets, and diversifying what they eat.

  • mrrev

    1 year ago

    Bacon causes cancer, good I hate that shit.

  • macleod57 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Many people have already touched on this, but the actual results of the studies and classification of processed meats as a group one carcinogen are not as bad as the media would like you to believe. The link below breaks down what the numbers actually mean.

    http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2015/10/26...

    The Reader's Digest version....Unless you are eating at a deli three times a day, there is little to worry about.

  • ShayMonique FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Uhh.... guess i shouldnt have been eating Bacon while watching this... And I guess Steakhouses are just Cancer machines.

  • allisuperman sup

    1 year ago

    another score for vegetarians!

  • Fyzikal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I'm eating a tin of Vienna Sausages while watching this >.> I have no regrets.

  • MysteryChant FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Just to make the figures seem a little less severe. Around 6 people per 100 will get bowel cancer at some point. Heavy meat eaters can expert to see this number rise a whopping 18% to 7 in every 100.

    Compare that to smoking, where 1 in 100 non-smokers get lung cancer and 20 in 100 smokers will get lung cancer.

  • MaDReD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Please do some proper research next time. Eating processed meat is not "as dangerous as smoking cigarettes and asbestos exposure".

    The IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) placed processed meats in category 1. While this is indeed also the category cigarettes and asbestos are in, so are sunlight (EEP), salted fish (AAAAH), and breating in a city(EEEEK). Agents are a part of category 1, if they are proven to be carginogenic to humans, meaning they can cause cancer in humans. Something that will increase your chances of getting cancer by 1% will be in this category just as much as something that will increase your chances of getting cancer by 90%.

    Conclusion: Something being in category 1 simply means it's dangerous, but says nothing about the magnitude of this danger. Eating processed meat is a lot less unhealthy than smoking, and MUCH less unhealthy than asbestos exposure.

    This is something I'm not sure about, so take it with a grain of salt(but not too much, you'll increase your risk of heart disease): "I'm fairly confident you won't have to worry about this if you have a healthy somewhat varied diet. Bacon once or twice a week is fine, but don't have a quarter pounder for breakfast and lunch, and taco's for dinner."

  • DerekT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dark God of things

    1 year ago

    when it comes to food I ignore what researchers say, I remember when they said coffee was bad for you.

    I say it's all bullshit saying it causes cancer.

  • NaRu7o FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hokage

    1 year ago

    Some news show was explaining it last night and said that if you had 1 hotdog every day for the rest of your life (I barely have them once a month, if that), you'd go from a 5% chance of getting colon cancer to 6%, so the likelihood I'll die solely based on the fact that I eat red meat in general is fairly slim. Compared to a non-smoker vs smoker, the chances are 7% vs 18% (I think that's what they said), so while it was in the same category, it's just sensationalism to get people scared. I personally think it also has something to do with the pan you choose because the non-stick surfaces always chip and rust but the stainless steel and cast iron ones last practically forever.

  • Yhunhi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Cancer Research has already been interviewed about this and they highlighted that really all this does is raise awareness once more that people should focus on a balanced diet which is where the extremes come from. Keep meals varied with plenty of fish, veg, poultry and pulses mixed in for good measure and you're doing what you should be.

    With so much scaremongering out there I just say live life and be happy - whatever happens happens so may as well enjoy while you can!

  • Wolfwood_RoT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    No bacon?
    I smell a Muslim, Jewish, PETA and sentiate pig conspiracy >_>

    I also smell bacon! Breakfast is ready!

  • MGQ13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Well I've been eating processed meat all my life and i'm still kicking soooooooooo guess who's eating bacon and steak tomorrow!

  • John_Connor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWES most studys included in the WHO report say things like slow cooking reduces it AND IT CAPS OUT AT 30% yea it increases it by 30% but ill take my chances with a 70% win rate

    colorectal cancer has a 92% survivor rate
    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-insta...

    and is just drugs generaly no surgery now it is not THE MEAT that causes the cancer its how its processed and us cooking it with the processing that fucks us up so find the link in the processing + heat and you find the cancer causer


  • 1000MCHIEF FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Follow @AH_Michael_dick

    1 year ago

    So, how am I not dead and or dying right now? I call bullshit.... just saying.

  • Arcau FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Arcau

    1 year ago

    So will hot dogs only be able to be sold to adults like cigarettes now then? of course not!

  • JacobWillams FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I'm going to die one day anyway, so give me a sirloin steak cooked rare please.

  • jesriv FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RAWWRR

    1 year ago

    Welp, I guess that's means cancer is a knock away.

  • Monokite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Bring on the cancer!

  • KeiruNicrom FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold KeiruNicrom

    1 year ago

    If bacon is carcinogenic then I say BRING ON THE TUMOURS #BACONFORLIFEANDDEATH

    • SirTEPL FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      IT'S NOT A TUMOUR! - Arnold.

  • IronAntz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold About Me

    1 year ago

    I tell you what this is, this is the vegans trying to deny the world Bacon...well bacon rules so to hell with them.

  • Eseer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Radical Dreamer

    1 year ago

    Well...I have always loved Broccoli more...but...really? You deny me bacon? BACON?! What a cruel cruel god we have.

  • Millaheavy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cant spell

    1 year ago

    who funded this research?! "oh your gonna see if you can find another reason other than grease that bacon is bad for me?" "yes sir" "Fuck you, no"... then one day after many years of searching they found the one rich vegan

  • Kams62 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    This is old news.

  • HarryJohnson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Also what they are fed doesn't help either. IE antobiotics and steroids and hella cor

  • HarryJohnson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Maybe it's the way the cows and pigs are being held now a days? I mean they aren't kept in great condition. It would seem to make sense since cancer wasn't huge until the past decades where companies took over small farms and made it a business instead of a life style.