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Is bacon the secret to long life ?

By T.K. Randall
May 11, 2013 · Comment icon 39 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.0 Jeremy Noble
A daily rasher of bacon might not seem very healthy but 105-year-old Pearl Cantrell swears by it.
[!gad]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. A 105-year-old Texas woman, who became a widow at age 38 and worked as everything from a cotton picker to a hay baler while raising 7 kids on her own, says bacon is the secret to her longevity, the Huffington Post reports.


Source: TIME | Comments (39)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #30 Posted by dharma warrior 10 years ago
Homer... "Bacon up that sausage boy!" Bart..."But Dad, my heart hurts!" Homer... "Boy!"
Comment icon #31 Posted by Hawkin 10 years ago
I wonder if Kevin likes Bacon?
Comment icon #32 Posted by third_eye 10 years ago
I wonder if Kevin likes Bacon? He has to .. he's a Bacon after all
Comment icon #33 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
nobody even understands what is organic anymore ....
Comment icon #35 Posted by Hilander 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
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!!! Life is a risk we all take. There are those that climb ... [More]
Comment icon #37 Posted by BiffSplitkins 10 years ago
One of my favorite movie scenes.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Hawkin 10 years ago
One of my favorite movie scenes. 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 9 years ago
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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