Too much bacon 'bad for lungs'....
June 9, 2007 10:59am CST
Eating large quantities of cured 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 likelyto have COPD-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. COPD,which includeschronic bronchitis and emphhysema, 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 maybe to blame. Nitrites generate reactive nitrogen species that may cause damage to the lungs. Dr Rui jiang,leading the search, said high levels of nitrities are used in cured meats such as bacon as preservativities. anti-bacterial agents and colour fixatives. He said reactive nitrogen species molecules that can damage body tissues,might be the key. COPD kills around 30,000 people in the UK every year. "Altought smoking remains the single most significant cause of COPD this researc seems to suggest other factory may result in increased risk of disease"
2 Jan 08
Thanks for the info. I love bacon and I eat it once or twice a week. I guess I better lessen my consumption now. I know that eating cured meat often is bad for our health but sometimes our cravings don't allow us to follow it. Tsk..tsk.. too bad. I'd better control that appetite from now on. lol
10 Jun 07
this is a very valuable information ufuk07 and thank you for sharing it to us. i am not much a lover of cured meats like bacon, sausages, etc. i know that they contain nitrites as preservatives which is very dangerous to health. we might not notice it at once but they will harm us little by little. and yup. one result is the COPD. to those who want to know more about COPD, you can read more about them in this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COPD i hope people will read this and be warned... anne