An apple a day doesn’t really keep the doctor away. If that were true, Ellijay wouldn’t need a hospital.
However, a new medical report indicates a hot dog a day may hasten the arrival of the undertaker.
According to a Harvard study, a steady diet of tubular meat, bacon or hamburgers raises the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer by as much as 21 percent.
Of course, no one, except perhaps the late, great Ignatius J. Reilly considers eating a hot dog a day, and the toll it took on his woefully inadequate pyloric valve is a lengthy indictment on the dangers of processed meats (and the occasional cheese dip).
The study tracked 121,000 middle-aged men and women for up to 28 years. About 20 percent of survey participants died during the study.
CNN reports, on average, each additional serving of red meat the participants ate per day was associated with a 13% higher risk of dying during the study.
Why is meat, particularly processed meat, so bad for you? Several reasons: high saturated fat content, the potential creation of carcinogens during grilling (more bad news!), and, in the case of processed meats, the presence of preservatives that seem to promote cancer.
Moderation, as boring as it is, seems to be key to a healthy diet.
A National Pork Board spokesperson said what all bacon fans want to hear:
“It’s hard to pinpoint one cause for disease,” Ceci Snyder said. “People should eat more fruits and vegetables definitely. People should exercise more. When they villainize one food, it doesn’t help people too much.”
I guess I’ll skip that Baconator Double for lunch.