Doctor's Note

For more on the dangers of processed meats, see Prevention Is Better Than Cured MeatWhen Nitrites Go Bad; and Bacon and Botulism. For more comparisons between meat and veggie meats, see Chicken vs. Veggie ChickenWhat Is Really in Hot Dogs? and Carcinogens in Roasted Coffee.

For more context, check out my associated blog posts: Using Greens to Improve Athletic PerformanceKiwi Fruit for Irritable Bowel SyndromeHead Shrinking from Grilling Meat; and Is Caffeinated Tea Really Dehydrating?

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For more on the dangers of processed meats, see yesterday’s video, When Nitrites Go Bad and Bacon and Botulism. For more comparisons between meat and veggie meats, see Chicken vs. Veggie Chicken, What Is Really in Hot Dogs? and Carcinogens in Roasted Coffee. And for more on… more, enjoy the hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.

    • Dr. Greger, I’m curious as to whether you’ve received much feedback on this idea of what I’ve called “Passive Porking”? If you wish to email me I am Cantiloper on the gmail dot com system.

      – MJM

  • jmboss

    Curious about a study like this on frying fish.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance!

  • Food Pharmacist

    Would you know what are the chemical substates responsible for the sometimes strong, foul odor of frying bacon or recently the sauteing of bratwurst?

  • Laloofah

    I thought you might find this interesting:

    SF Bacon Restaurant Must Close Due to Aroma Issue

    If only they knew. (This is an article where the admonishment not to read the comments is a good one, though I admit were I on FB I would be tempted to leave a comment with just a link to this article!)

  • Joe

    I gave up bacon a long time ago – but I’d like to play devils advocate and ask about organic untreated bacon – because often people say to me that their bacon is fine because it’s organic, pastured and not preserved with nitrites.

    I am thinking that problems may arise from exotoxins from the bacteria, and contaminants in the fat – but:

    What are the main reasons you would avoid organic, untreated bacon?

    • Untreated bacon uses celery seeds and tastes every bit as good as real bacon.

  • dogulas

    I’ve actually hated the smell of frying bacon for years, well before I made the recent switch to plants. I…I can smell carcinogens?

  • Frances Allan

    What about the effect of heat used in canned sardines, a recommended substitute for meat?

  • If you can smell it, it’s being forced down your throat. Passive Porking is the logical extension of Passive Smoking, particularly when tenants insist of frying up burned cadaver bits in buildings that share apartment units. Those nasty little bacon bits are crawling along the electrical wiring and hiding in your little toddler’s teddy bear, ready to leap out and force their way into his or her innocent little body as soon as the toy is picked up and hugged.

    Remember, the Antismokers have taught us that “There Is No Safe Level” to airborne carcinogens, particularly those that that are seen as especially harmful by some subcultures and religions. If we can ban smoking in one’s apartment there’s no reason at all that we can’t ban frying or roasting corpses. Those who enjoy munching on dead bodies will still be free to do so: no one is stopping you from having bacon for breakfast or a hamburger for lunch! We’re merely seeking a reasonable compromise: you have to prepare your ghoulish feast by boiling the bacon or burger instead of frying it!

    Is that too much to ask? What’s the big deal?

    – MJM, PPPP (Premier Passive Porking Protagonist)

  • john haney

    What are the carcinogens in bacon? Every one says there bad but I have yet to see a list of these carcinogens. Been eating bacon all my life, taste is out of this world. So please does any one really know or is this another attempt to get people to start thinking some thing else that authorities are manifesting?? remember politician’s lie regularly

  • esther4

    For professional cooks in your life the ending is perfect.