Too much bacon 'bad for lungs

April 17, 2007 5:19am CST
Eating large quantities of cured meats meats like bacon could damage lung function and increase the risk of lung disease. A Columbia University team found people who ate cured meats at least 14 times a month were more likely to have COPD - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, kills around 30,000 people in the UK each year. The report, in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, said nitrites in meat may be to blame. Dr Rui Jiang, leading the research, said high levels of nitrites are used in cured meats such as bacon as preservatives, anti-bacterial agents and colour fixatives. He said reactive nitrogen species, molecules that can damage body tissues, might be the key. e said: "Nitrites generate reactive nitrogen species that may cause damage to the lungs, producing structural changes resembling emphysema."
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@elisa812 (3032)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Uh oh, I love bacon! lol I guess it's a good thing I don't get it all that often! Thanks for posting this information. It is definitely good stuff to know!
@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
17 Apr 07
Wow thanks for the information. Thats really scary isnt it. I guess that would mean all lunch meats too I think they are cured with nitrates also. I'm going to make sure we cut back on these kinds of foods in the future. Thanks for sharing this.