I don’t know about you, but I just love these health scares that the BBC trots out verbatim on an almost daily basis, with nary a nod to investigative journalism. My first scan of the page is always to look for key words and sure enough, they are here in this one:
A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden.
We start with “has been suggested”. So, not actually demonstrated to be true, then. The article goes on to include; “may be down to” and finishes up with the rather wonderful
“The jury is still out as to whether meat is a definite risk factor for pancreatic cancer and more large studies are needed to confirm this, but this new analysis suggests processed meat may be playing a role.”
In other words, they are flying kites. Me, I’ll eat that sausage and take the risk, frankly. Yeah, sure, I might shorten my life a bit, bit dammit, popping my clogs after a lifetime of fry-ups seems like bliss compared with living the lives dictated to us by the health Nazis.
Still, if the bacon and sausage on your full English doesn’t get you…
However, she pointed out that smoking was a much greater risk factor.
You knew that one was coming, didn’t you?
The World Cancer Research Fund has a solution to the massive problem of people stuffing their faces with unapproved foodstuffs (the Full English to you and I):
The World Cancer Research Fund has advised people to completely avoid processed meat.
Right. So, on the one hand, muesli and on the other, the fry-up. Choices, choices…
Ah, bugger it, the fry-up gets my vote.