The Trouble with Bacon and Your Heart

Updated Mar 04, 2019

We’ve heard countess times of the relationship between eating red meat and heart disease. But which red meats?

A new study breaks those meats down and finds that what seems to be the real culprit is processed foods like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs.

Healthy people who tended to eat a lot of preserved meats like bacon, sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts were much more likely than those who rarely touch the stuff to go on to develop heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.

Of course, there’s more work to be done in finding the active component of those items. I’d suggest a study pitting American products with Italian ones. It’s always baffled me how little fat is rendered by frying Pancetta, which is dry cured, and how much (and how little heat is required) fat is rendered under the same conditions for American bacon, which isn’t cured at all. Plus, there’s those pesky chemicals that the industrialists swear by and the rest of us swear at…

Read: Bacon, Hot Dogs And Sausage Look Worse For Heart Than Unprocessed Red Meat.

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