So listen, I know some people may be freaking out about the World Health Organization study that came out this week linking processed meats to death and mayhem, but really, how much bacon are you eating? Let's keep things in perspective.
This processed meat-gruesome death connection is nothing new -- the (sausage) link (ha!) has been around for quite a few years. Just treat things like BLTs and ham sammies as a once-in-awhile treat, not the foundation of your diet.
The increased risk was shown to be the equivalent of two slices of bacon a day ... EVERY DAY. Do you eat bacon every day? Really? You need to vary your diet, hun.
I can't remember where exactly I heard this but the upshot is:
Treat a treat like a TREAT.
Bacon is a treat. It's meat candy. Do you eat candy every day? Really? Well, there's a depressing study for you, too, champ.
Yeah, sugar will kill you, too, so definitely don't make THIS recipe:
That would be Paula Deen's Brown Sugar Bacon, which is basically bacon slathered in sugar.
Ooooh, super scary!
Or maybe make it and serve it for Halloween, like a "Fear Factor" sorta thing.
What's my point? Well, actually, I just wanted an excuse to run my Halloween costume idea but, sure, I'll come up with an upshot: Bacon and candy aren't health food, so don't eat them all the time.
Once again, I go back to Michael Pollan's credo: