How about some bacon?

Eugene, Oregon
October 27, 2015 9:47am CST
I have known for many years that bacon and other cured meats contain nitrates and nitrites that can cause colon/rectal cancer. That info has been out there for at least thirty years. Nevertheless, we had bacon (two slices only) on weekends. That was the case until about two years ago, when we decided bacon prices were too high anyway and stopped buying it at all. Since then, I have had one great BLT. I don't miss it at all. I buy only uncured ham for sandwiches too, since uncured meats contain no nitrates. It is easy to make little adjustments to our diets in an effort to stay more healthy. Do you eat much bacon?
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@Rollo1 (16650)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 15
I eat much more bacon now than I once did. But I married a Brit and bacon is an essential part of life for him. Still, it's not a daily thing. Still, the statistics on eating cured or smoked meats show that the incidence of bowel cancer amongst those who don't eat them is about 1 person in 21. Amongst those who do eat them, it is 1 in 18. That's a really small increase in risk. It's not a significant cause of cancer at all.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Oct 15
The additional risks and the fat content are enough to keep me bacon and sausage free.
@sharon6345 (118637)
• United States
27 Oct 15
I buy turkey bacon from the dollar store. I refuse to buy bacon at the price they want for it. I could buy my own pig for that.
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• Eugene, Oregon
27 Oct 15
Does it contain any of the nitrates/nitrates I wonder?
@KristenH (23335)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
27 Oct 15
I haven't had bacon in a while. But I'm having turkey bacon tonight for my brunch meal with scrambled eggs and turkey breakfast sausages. I'm craving a BLT right now or grilled cheese with bacon--I might do it for Friday's lunch.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Oct 15
Live it up while you can. Life is short.
@KristenH (23335)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
28 Oct 15
@JamesHxstatic Thanks James.
@bunnybon7 (35533)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Oct 15
I love bacon and other pork. but it doesn't like my stomach
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Oct 15
We sometimes split a lean grilled, marinated boneless chop at dinner time.
@Tampa_girl7 (24967)
• United States
28 Oct 15
We have it a few times a month.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Oct 15
Those flavors are hard to resist I know.
• United States
28 Oct 15
I love bacon but rarely eat it. Mostly it has to do with cost rather than for health. Guess the price has made me healthier in the long run LOL
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• United States
28 Oct 15
Not for years. I have about one great BLT each month at a cute little diner I know. Otherwise, I eat zero cured meats and no red meat at all. I do eat poultry and fish a few times each week.
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@boiboing (12203)
• Northampton, England
28 Oct 15
I don't eat meat and haven't for 25 years but as you say this bacon story really is old news.
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@softbabe44 (5907)
• Vancouver, Washington
28 Oct 15
Thats some great information on bacon.
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@vickyrose (1991)
• Canberra, Australia
28 Oct 15
I love bacon, but don't eat it everyday. Just every Saturdays if it's my day off. I have my regular cereals for breakfast.
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@jaboUK (53401)
• United Kingdom
27 Oct 15
I do eat bacon, I've got to the stage in my life that if I enjoy something, I eat it!
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@wetnosedogs (1557)
• United States
27 Oct 15
No, it's been a long while since I bought any bacon.
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@marlina (71303)
• Canada
27 Oct 15
Love the taste but it bugs my stomach too much so I don't eat it much.
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@blitzfrick (2912)
• United States
31 Oct 15
I'm a huge fan of bacon, to the extent that I won't keep it in my house. I find the combination of grease and salt is irresistible. I'm currently reading a book about habits and how to form new ones, in the hopes that I can break some of my unhealthy habits, including this penchant for salt plus fat. Who knows what might happen if I'm successful?