It is a sad day for anyone who loves bacon as Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that consuming 25g of processed meat (equivalent to one rasher of bacon) can increase your risk of getting dementia by 44%.
They definitely hurt our feelings with that fact however not all meat consumption has been tainted in this study. Supposedly eating unprocessed red meat like pork, beef and veal can actually help protect against dementia. Individuals in the study who ate 50g a day of those meats were 19% less likely to get the disease.
Worldwide, the prevalence of dementia is increasing and diet as a modifiable factor could play a role. Our research adds to the growing body of evidence linking processed meat consumption, to increased risk of a range of non-transmissible diseases.
The study observed 500,000 and their diets however a PhD student said,
"Further confirmation is needed, but the direction of effect is linked to current healthy eating guidelines suggesting lower intakes of unprocessed red meat could be beneficial for health."
Bacon, we may need to take a little bit of a break from you but don't worry we will still always hold you dearly in our hearts. Rest in peace bacon, you will be missed.