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Report about red meat/processed meat. Confused

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Evelynross, Oct 27, 2015.

  1. himtoo

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    @Dillinger - perhaps you could come to our house and be "on my side" -- the discussions ( mild arguments) have already commenced here :)
     
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  2. Phub

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    Scouser..
    I think you will find that bacon that hasn't been cured is just pork. You know it all comes from the same animal, so bacon is processed inasmuch as it is salted, and has some nitrates added. That's the only difference as far as I know. I eat bacon and sausages, and pork. And I ain't changing my methods now.

    I'm going to check Celeriac's link for some organic bacon then! Thanks Celeriac...
     
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  3. asparagusp

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    Ah wait! As we grow older you will have eaten more red meat! The WHO say two rashers of bacon or sausages per day is acceptable. They of course have to rule on poultry and fish!
     
  4. Phub

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    Oh well, I am eating about half a kilo of bacon in 14 days. So that's okay then!
     
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    If you're ever confused by media reporting of research related to health, this is an excellent website: www.nhs.uk/news
    It discusses how the main health news stories have been reported in the media and then explains the truth behind the headlines. Their analysis of the processed meat story is here: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2015/10October/Pages/Processed-meat-causes-cancer-warns-official-report.aspx

    It's also useful to think about "lifetime risk" of bowel cancer. At current bacon-eating levels in the UK, 6 out of every 100 people will get bowel cancer during their lifetime. Increasing bacon consumption by 50g per day would result in 7 out of every 100 people developing bowel cancer within their lifetime.

    The BBC have reported the story quite well, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34615621
     
  9. Celeriac

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    Unless head transplants work (first one is scheduled for 2017), then mortality is 100% for everyone. We're basically talking about extending life by adopting dietary advice. As we know that the advice being given about fat and heart disease and cholesterol has tank sized holes all over the place, it seems to me like it should be an individual decision.

    To me, medicine shouldn't be about drugs being given to patients just because they might be helpful in delaying or avoiding death from a particular condition. Medicine by statistics. Often these studies are flawed. Often the risks are overstated in order to get publicity for the study, journal, institutions, researchers or sponsors.

    Butter is bad then good. Trans fats are good then bad. Cholesterol is bad then doesn't matter. Fat is bad then good. There is now so much information out there, that we are able to explore it in far more depth. But we are also more sceptical of the health messages that we get. So maybe the researchers and journals feel that they have to shout louder to have any impact.

    As someone who was put on a low fat diet aged ten, because her father was diagnosed with high cholesterol, I feel like that wasn't a good foundation for my health. Before 1994, Flora in the UK was made with trans fats, for example.

    Personally it makes me feel like ignoring the health advice. I eat real food, 99.9% of the time and always always eat additive free. I feel like that's the best I can do for myself.
     
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