Janice Stanger, PhD

Janice Stanger, PhD

Posted March 1, 2015

Published in Health

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Three Ways Bacon Will Kill You

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A Toxic Chemical Brew Disguised As Something Edible

The dangers of bacon make this food fad a gateway to cancer and early death. Research shows that processed meats, which include bacon, are health disasters. For example:

  • Two studies in the US totaling 121,342 participants found each daily serving of processed meats was linked to a 20% increased risk of premature death
  • A study in Europe of 448,568 adults discovered a high consumption of processed meats was associated with a 44% higher death rate
  • Swedish researchers found men who ate the most processed meat had a 28% higher chance of developing heart failure, and over twice the likelihood of dying from this condition

Of all processed meats, bacon is one of the most health-destroying, and can rob years from your life in three ways. Here's how.

One. Eating Bacon

Bacon is a complex stew of dangerous components. A few of the hazardous substances that researchers have discovered in mega amounts in bacon include:


Advanced glycation end products (also called AGEs or glycotoxins) are inflammatory, toxic substances that form in large amounts when foods high in proteins and fats are cooked at high temperatures - for example, through frying, grilling, or barbecuing. These substances, which accumulate in your body and make it harder for your tissues to do their job, cause damage that includes oxidative stress, inflammation, and altering your normal protein structure and function.

AGEs are especially dangerous for patients with diabetes, but also give other diseases a leg up. For example, the AGEs that collect in your cartilage make it more likely you will develop osteoarthritis in the affected joint. AGEs contribute to the development of additional chronic illness, including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, and erectile dysfunction.

In 2010, the American Dietetic Association published a study showing the amount of AGE units in a serving of 549 foods. Of all items tested, fried bacon had the highest amount of AGEs per ounce.

This means one serving of bacon, at a tiny 13 grams (less than half an ounce) has a massive AGE load of 11,905. Contrast this with (all per 3 and a half ounces of the other foods):

  • Canned kidney beans - 191 AGE units
  • Apple - 45 AGE units
  • Canned corn - 20 AGE units

You would have to eat almost 14 pounds of kidney beans to get the same amount of AGEs as are in one mouthful of fried bacon.

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