In the US, there is nothing more revered than the breakfast meat known as bacon. Clever marketing has unleashed in us a love for bacon rivaled only by chocolate.
There are bacon cocktails and even a bacon-infused vodka.
There are bacon ice creams, and at one time Burger King offered a bacon sundae. Oh, and don’t forget chocolate covered bacon,.
Bacon seasons veggies, especially crisp salads.
Then there is the tried-and-true bacon cheeseburger, bacon-egg-and-cheese on a breakfast sandwich, and everyone’s favorite- a delicious BLT.
So despite the World Health Organization’s announcement that bacon and other processed meats can cause cancer in humans, the expectation is that Americans will either ignore the news or lash out against it.
After all, you don’t expect me to give up food that both my dog and I love equally, do you? So a 2-ounce serving eaten daily increases my risk of colorectal cancer by almost 20%. My ancestors ate processed meat for years and they never developed cancer. No! They all died of heart disease.
Well here’s a news flash for you who either are canine or know and love one:
Processed meats are linked to cancer in dogs too (source: National Canine Cancer Foundation).
So defy your doctor’s advice and guzzle down that Bacon Bloody Mary, or chow down on that BLT.
But leave the processed meat out of your dog’s diet.