Now that we have your attention, the head of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, Jennifer Tirey, says the study from a cancer research arm of the World Health Organization lacks context. And facts.
“Some of the basis for this study had the average American's consumption at double the amount of what we recommend for pork,” says Tirey, saying that throws the rest of the report into question.
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Another analysis suggests bacon consumption drives the risk of colorectal cancer to six percent, compared to five percent for those who do not partake.
Tirey, who says the suckers she gives members of her child's soccer team now come in bacon flavor, says it's all about moderation – for bacon and for everything else. How you define moderation is between you and your doctor.