Finally, that piece of “health news” that you have been waiting for all your life – bacon may help you live longer!
For years, this salty, crispy, breakfast treat has been much maligned as the root of all evil by health professionals – contributing to everything from heart disease to cancer. We have been told repeatedly, eating bacon as anything more than an occasional treat, was bound to take years off of your life.
Not so according to Pearl Cantrell — she recently turned 105 – and eats bacon at every meal! Pearl says, “I love bacon, I could eat it for every meal — and I do! I don’t feel as old as I am, that’s all I can say.”
Because of her love for the fried meat, Oscar Meyer gifted her with several packages of bacon and let her ride in the Weinermobile, according to CBS affiliate KHOU in Houston, Texas.
But maybe there’s something else to Pearl’s longevity, such as genetics, regular exercise, and attitude. After all, Pearl spent her life working in “the field” until dinner (Pearl lives in a small town in Texas), then going back out again to work until supper. And her daughter says, “She’s taught us to work hard and to get up every morning and think about living. She’s never thought about dying.”
Her daughter, Anno, went on to say, that her mother still loves sewing and dancing — especially country dancing, waltzing and two-stepping — even at her age, and that “she just gave up mowing the lawn at the age of 100.”
Bacon certainly isn’t usually known for its life-lengthening properties, in fact, a study published by BMC Medicine a few months ago found that regularly eating “deli” meats—including sausages, ham, and bacon, was linked to premature death from causes such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
However, Cantrell sticks by her word that bacon is best for her.
I think there’s something to that. Why not enjoy life and eat some bacon, simply because you love it? I think spending more time doing and eating the things we love, may not always add years to your life – but it will certainly add life to your years.