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Is bacon the secret to long life ?

Posted on Saturday, 11 May, 2013 | Comment icon 39 comments

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A daily rasher of bacon might not seem very healthy but 105-year-old Pearl Cantrell swears by it.

The centenarian has raised seven children during her lifetime and recently celebrated her 105th birthday, but it isn't a healthy diet, exercise or medication that she attributes for her longevity. "I love bacon. I eat it everyday, " she says. "I donít feel as old as I am. Thatís all I can say."

Bacon is a food that has come under considerable scrutiny in recent years, both because of its popularity and because scientists can't seem to decide on whether it is beneficial or detrimental to eat it on a regular basis. In two recent studies, a portion of processed meat ( such as bacon ) every day has the potential to increase the risk of death by as much as 20%. A very small helping every day however of less than 20g was linked to a 3% risk reduction.

"Whatís the secret to an extra-long life? For one centenarian, it just might be bacon."

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Comment icon #30 Posted by dharma warrior on 12 May, 2013, 2:02
Homer... "Bacon up that sausage boy!" Bart..."But Dad, my heart hurts!" Homer... "Boy!"
Comment icon #31 Posted by Hawkin on 12 May, 2013, 6:18
I wonder if Kevin Bacon?
Comment icon #32 Posted by third_eye on 12 May, 2013, 11:57
He has to .. he's a Bacon after all
Comment icon #33 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 13 May, 2013, 22:28
it's a trap people.bacon and all types of meats are bad for one's health overall.even in small amounts and quantities.for example people know all the risks and know eating meats is unhealthy overall.yet people go to buy meats.go to McDonald's and etc.sometimes i say people deserve what happens to them.there's no other way of putting it.i would like to say i feel sorry for those people who fall for it but the truth is don't they know what they getting themselves into final.bacon the secret to a long life yeah right smells like B.S to me!!!
Comment icon #34 Posted by third_eye on 13 May, 2013, 22:35
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hilander on 14 May, 2013, 0:43
I love bacon so I guess I'm good to go. No go, like time to go, die, keel over.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Hawkin on 14 May, 2013, 1:47
Life is a risk we all take. There are those that climb mountains or bungee jump and risk falling to their death. Or driving down the highway and someone is texting on there cellphone and crosses over in your path and collides. Meat is part of the equation.
Comment icon #37 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 14 May, 2013, 12:40
One of my favorite movie scenes.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hawkin on 14 May, 2013, 15:33
Grumpy Old Men. I love that movie. Yes my brother in law's father smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish and lived in his 80's. Genetics play a big factor in life expectancy also.
Comment icon #39 Posted by Mindscanner on 18 June, 2013, 18:20
hum not sure about that, my grandma lived to her 195 and she never ate meat.hum not sure about that, my grandma lived to her 105 and she never ate meat.sorry I typed wrongly at first.

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