Last week the world received some scary news about meat. WHO published a study deeming cured meat such as sausages, bacon and ham to be carcinogenic to humans. The study didn’t stop there, WHO suggests that even uncured meat be labeled, “probably carcinogenic.”
While the news sent many carnivores into a frenzy on social media, one meat enthusiast in particular addressed WHO on Facebook; none other than Michael Symon!
He called the study a joke and said, “On a happier note my 97-year-old grandfather called me today laughing about the article while enjoying a BLT from his couch.”
Dear World Health Organization,
To say I am disappointed in your witch hunt..errr “research” would be to put it mildly a understatement. First off why wouldn’t you take this opportunity to talk about the huge division of meat and meat products that are out there. To group factory farmed, mass produced products loaded with hormones, words we can’t pronounce and manmade nitrates with beautifully raised, produced & crafted artisan products is an incredible disservice to those who work so hard to do things the right way.
Also the media using this research as “click on my page” gimmick with headlines such as “Bacon & Beef Kills!” just makes it an even larger problem. Lets talk about a couple facts here. You never mentioned anything about anyone that was tested diet or if they are rich in fiber and balanced with grains & vegetables. Also when digging deeper in the article it mentions that a diet filled these so called deadly products effects less than 1% of people or 30,000 people WORLDWIDE ANNUALLY. To put that in perspective deaths caused by car accidents and smoking where 1.3 million and 900,000 last year.
I would hope most people understand by now life is about balance and if you ate pounds of bacon, beef and hot dogs daily that it would be bad for you. To categorize the danger of eating bacon, salami & beef in the same breath as cigarettes is a complete joke ….as is your blanket statement research.
On a happier note my 97 year grandfather called me today laughing about the article while enjoying a BLT from his couch.
Eat Real Food,
Do you agree with celebrity chef Michael Symon? Should we stop eating meat for the sake of our health or is life really all about balance? Will you continue to eat meat?
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