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Oct 13, 2013 06:08 PM


"A study conducted by researchers at ETH Zurich has concluded that the high levels of Vitamin B3 (known as niacin) in this meat could help you live longer. "

I can't wait to watch the fallout from this!

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  1. I predict that this will be the last we hear of it. Whenever there are a lot of grants, medical dollars, pharma dollars, and so on, dependent upon a particular belief, any contradictory evidence is generally ridiculed if not outright squashed.

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    1. re: sandylc

      One of the pioneers of advertising ran a successful campaign for the bacon industry by claiming the 4 out 5 doctors recommended bacon for breakfast - or something like that.

      " In order to promote sales of bacon, for example, he conducted a survey of physicians and reported their recommendation that people eat heavy breakfasts. He sent the results of the survey to 5,000 physicians, along with publicity touting bacon and eggs as an ideal heavy breakfast, and superior for health to the then traditional breakfast of tea (or coffee) and toast. " Wiki Edward Bernays

      Or in his own words:

    2. High levels of niacin makes mice live longer. Bacon contains some niacin. Therefore, bacon will make people live longer?

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      1. re: chowser

        SH-HHH! We all know it's a stretch - we just want to eat bacon and say its healthy!!!!!

        1. re: sandylc

          LOL. I'm with mwhitmore--eating bacon makes me feel good and feeling good is healthy!

        2. re: chowser

          It's more of a stretch than that - the subjects in this test were roundworms.

          "Professor Michael Ristow fed roundworms a dose of niacin, discovering that they lived one-tenth longer than those who went without"

          Foods high in niacin

          1. re: paulj

            Thanks. Speed reading isn't good for accuracy. I wonder how much bacon it would take to give a person the same proportional quantity that he gave the roundworms. Might get Paula Deen back in business quickly!

          2. re: chowser

            I love me some niacin in the mornin' with two sunny side up eggs and hash browns.

          3. Whereas living without bacon will make life *seem* longer.

            1. Even if bacon doesn't make me live longer, it will definitely make me live happier

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              1. re: jbuttitta

                That's what I was gonna say! :)

                1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                  There's only so much niacin can do when someone is determined to kill you for food. The irony would be if they killed you, since you were full of niacin, so they could live longer, thereby niacin would have shortened your life.