More good news for vegetarians: bacon will flat-out kill you

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The latest news from the human race’s war on its own health:

As of June 2009, 26,344 deaths were observed. After multivariate adjustment, a high consumption of red meat was related to higher all-cause mortality (hazard ratio (HR) = 1.14, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.01 to 1.28, 160+ versus 10 to 19.9 g/day), and the association was stronger for processed meat (HR = 1.44, 95% CI 1.24 to 1.66, 160+ versus 10 to 19.9 g/day). After correction for measurement error, higher all-cause mortality remained significant only for processed meat (HR = 1.18, 95% CI 1.11 to 1.25, per 50 g/d). We estimated that 3.3% (95% CI 1.5% to 5.0%) of deaths could be prevented if all participants had a processed meat consumption of less than 20 g/day. Significant associations with processed meat intake were observed for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and ‘other causes of death’. The consumption of poultry was not related to all-cause mortality.

For reference, 20g of bacon is approximately one slice. Who eats one single slice of bacon ever?

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2 thoughts on “More good news for vegetarians: bacon will flat-out kill you

    DEchlin said:
    March 8, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Does this mean no more fried baloney? 😉

      wes responded:
      March 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      I’m just happy they didn’t say anything about smoked seitan barbecue sandwiches. For now anyway, I’m good.

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