If you eat bacon, you might want to reconsider it! Read why…
I’m a pescatarian. Meaning I eat fish – not meat.
I stopped eating meat many years ago – for health reasons.
I was researching how to live longer, healthier, younger – for my longevity book, “Life Is Long: 50+ ways to live a little closer to forever.”
Sure enough, in my research I learned there were many study-backed reasons to “delete meat” from my diet. So I became a pescatarian.
Well, actually a “pesca-egg-a-tarian” – because I eat omelettes sometimes.
I then chose to raise my young son, Ari, to be a pesca-egg-a-tarian too.
He thought bacon smelled amazingly delicious.
I couldn’t deny that he was right.
I ultimately decided he could.
I thought: Just because I’m a pesca-egg-a-tarian, this doesn’t mean I should force my strict dietary views upon my son.
Plus I decided it would be okay for Ari to eat foods like bacon, as long as I continued to raise Ari to know that foods like bacon aren’t as healthy and as compassionate as other food choices.
Ari actually called these headaches “migraines” – because he said the pain in his head was so strong.
I wondered if the bacon and headaches were linked. I had remembered reading that Nitrates can cause migraines.
As an experiment, I told Ari to stop eating bacon. Sure enough, as soon as Ari ditched the bacon, the headaches completely stopped.
It now seems that the World Cancer Research Fund, cancer specialists and politicians are working together to back a big campaign to take out “nitrites” from bacon.
They are reporting a “consensus of scientific opinion” that the “nitrites” used to cure meats wind up creating “carcinogens” called “nitrosamines” when eaten.
We need to stop adding cancer-causing nitrite chemicals to bacon.
Cancer specialists and politicians are now calling on the government to launch a “Public Awareness Campaign” about the risks of nitrites.
I can understand how disappointing it is to cut out yummy bacon from one’s menu. Admittedly, my son was very upset to say goodbye to his new delicious bacon treat.
But because my son was getting painful headaches from bacon – he could feel the very real “dangers” of its chemicals – and thereby he was more deeply convinced to stop eating this truly dangerous food.I recognize it’s tough to give up something which tastes as yummy as bacon – when you don’t clearly see and feel the real dangers of this food.
Perhaps we should consider doing what they do in Australia and New Zealand when it comes to the designs for tobacco products. They prefer packaging which does not glamorize cigarettes – but instead is plain – or specifically features a picture of lung cancer or mouth cancer etc.
If we could truly see the long term dangers of cancer-causing chemicals in our foods (and products of all kinds) – right smack on the packaging – you can be sure we’d all feel a lot more motivated to ditch these dangerous cancer-causing products.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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