Thursday, October 11, 2018

So if you eat bacon are you gonna die?

Here's the headline: A new meta-analysis concluded that bacon and several other types of meat are tied to an increased risk of breast cancer.

A meta analysis means these researchers looked at 15 previous studies, including a total of more than1.2 million women, focused on the link between breast cancer and processed meat.
The researchers found that individuals who consumed the most processed meat — between 0.9 ounces and 1 ounce (25 and 30 grams) a day — had about a 9 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared with those who ate the least processed meat, which was 0 to 0.07 ounces or 0.17 ounces (2 to 5 grams) a day.
Researchers read previous research on rainy afternoons when they're bored and need write them up when they need another bullet point on their resumes.

One slice of cooked bacon can weigh from 0.5-0.75 oz. (14.17-21.26 g). So, we're here that one to two slices of bacon a day may kill you.

Leslie Nemo, a science journalist, breaks all this down for us.
1. It's important to know that there are limitations to the type of research that aims to link certain foods to the risk of health conditions. In this case, the research available to study meant that the authors could only assess the impact of high- and low-processed meat consumption — there wasn't enough data available to see what risks consumers run when they eat 0.35 ounces to 0.5 ounces (10 or 15 grams) of the product.
2. What's more, the studies included in the meta-analysis relied on participants remembering what their diet had been like at certain points in the past. This research technique that depends on memories has a lot of room for under- and overestimation.
3. The 9 percent increase in risk that this report found could be a statistical error, and is not enough to warrant alarming people — a point that others have made when criticizing the 2015 WHO-associated report, which labeled processed meats as "likely carcinogens" after finding the food increased colon cancer risk by 18 percent.
Not being a science journalist, I can confidently say that the day you decide to give up bacon you just may walk outside and get run over by a big green truck.

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