May 13, 2013
Healthy, Schmealthy! Eat More Bacon, Live Forever
Everybody loves bacon. Everybody. Period. (This isn’t my first time starting a blog that way, either!)
Bacon is probably the best thing on God’s green earth. It’s a salty treat that’s just the right amount of crunchy and chewy. It pairs well with everything from sex to chocolate.
The media will often quote doctors saying evil things like bacon is bad for you, processed meats cause cancer, and all things in moderation, but 105 year-old Texan, Pearl Cantrell, of Richland Springs begs to differ. “I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say,” she exclaims proudly.
According to Dailymail UK, “She is so passionate about bacon that she encourages people to eat more of it.”
An ambassador for all things bacon, this lady emphatically claims that, “eating bacon every day is the secret of her long life.”
If you’re scratching your head in confusion, it’s ok; you’re not the only one.
According to Biomed Central Medicine, “The results of our analysis support a moderate positive association between processed meat consumption and mortality, in particular due to cardiovascular diseases, but also to cancer.”
There are plenty of other scientific studies that back these findings; this was just the most concise.
The studies say that eating just 20 grams of processed meat daily could increase chances of cancer, cardio-vascular diseases, and eventually premature death.
What’s 20 grams of bacon look like to you and me? About a slice, maybe a slice and a half. Supposedly, it’s to blame for roughly one in 30 deaths. I say supposedly because Mrs. Cantrell is beating the odds, big-time!
“Mrs. Cantrell told local TV station KRBC: ‘I love bacon, I could eat it for every meal – and I do. I want other people to eat bacon. I tell them too. My kids all eat it.’”
Oscar Meyer, “who shares her love of processed meat, organized a treat in the food van, dubbed the ‘Wienermobile’, followed by a gift of even more bacon.
Abraham Luna, who works for Oscar Mayer’s company, told the TV station: ‘We know she is an inspiration for the community and friends and family so we had to make a special stop here for her.’
Pardon the cynicism, but I’m hoping she’s an inspiration for the community because she’s 105 years old and not because she eats nothing but bacon. Maybe she’s an activist in the community or helps out local unwed mothers; who knows?
“Cantrell’s 105 years haven’t all been smooth sailing: She raised seven children, outliving three of them, and has worked hard her entire life,” reports New York Daily News.
One has to wonder, though, how long did her parents live? What’s her medical history and physical activity look like? I suppose someone who’s very active and has a great medical history could be an anomaly among the results of those bacon-bashing studies, right?
Anyhow, screw the research; eat bacon. Grow to be 105 years old, and sing nanny nanny, boo boo with your thumbs in your ears to all those scientists, dieticians, and nutritionists.
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