Does it ever feel like everyday we are being told some food that we absolutely love is killing us?
You can take away the cigarettes, you can chop down an entire rainforest in search of some rare strain of berry that only rich people can afford, but don’t you dare touch my bacon.
Recently the World Health Organisation also known as The Fun Food Police announced that there is overwhelming evidence that bacon and other various types of processed meat can contribute to colorectal cancer.
And to put a real dampener on the mood, they even said that processed meats including bacon are as bad as cigarettes. Bastards.
What’s next says the suppzoo phen375 guide, are we going to be putting up signs outside of cafes and other entrances that say, “No bacon to be consumed within 4 metres of this entrance”
Having said all of that, did you know your actual risk of colorectal cancer is incredibly rare? The CDC website even has a nice little table for us non-medical like folk.
According to the table you have a little over 5% chance of getting colorectal cancer, if you consume processed meat everyday your risk only rises about 1% more. If eating processed meat only increases your chances by 1%, why stop? Bacon is love, bacon is life.
Remember when they said coffee was bad for you, then said it might be good for you and then bad again? Remember when they thought eggs were bad for you and then realised they’re good for you? And then remember when they tried saying artificial sweeteners were bad for you and caused cancer, but the link between them and cancer could not be proven?
Ever heard someone tell you salt is bad or sugar is bad? No. The body needs salt, large amounts of salt are bad for you, small amounts are not. Sugar is not bad, your body needs sugar. Consuming Skittles is bad sugar, eating an Apple or Mango is good sugar. Use your head.
While we all start panicking that processed and red meats can increase your risks of cancer, everything the WHO has said is being blown out of proportion. Eat in moderation, have a mixture of processed meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts.
The point here is, food is not to solely blame. The way we consume food and how much we consume is what causes things like cancer. I am no nutritionist, but it seems like it is common sense that if you eat large volumes of shitty food for extended periods of time, you’re more likely to die.
Anything is bad for you in large amounts. Heck, if you drink too much water your brain will swell up and you’ll die. Does this make water bad? Of course not.
The difference between poison and medicine is the dose.