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Processed Meat Scare Hooey

Processed Meat

All of a sudden processed meat is no good, cancer forming, fattening (we knew this) and bad for you stuff. As the news goes on and salami stocks plummet, the news caster says, “Cigarettes are 2,000% likely to cause cancer, and processed meats are 18% likely.” “Hooey,” I say. Certainly if you eat processsed anything by the ton every day, you are doing yourself a disfavor. Certainly if you eat only processed meat an nothing else, you are giving yourself a chance for a visit to the great beyond. But just as certainly if you eat normally, including processed meat along with fruit, vegetables, bread, and the other fifty food groups normal people eat, you aren’t going to die from Colon Cancer.

Air is a carcinogen for crying out loud. The air in a pine forest pegs a smog meter.

My sainted mother, God rest her soul; a Danish emigrant and mother-to-daughter trained cook; my mouth waters thinking about her meals, was a meat and mashed potatoes and gravy kind of gal, but she always had peas, or string beans or brussels sprouts to go along with. She never shied away from wurst, paté (leverpostej), salami, bacon, sausage or ham. (As a side note, it really wasn’t until after the war {WWII for you youngsters}, that we were actually able to buy meat on a regular basis.) My favorite Danish meal, Boeuf Maloy, is hamburger patties fried in bacon fat, with gravy, fork mashed potatoes and crisp fried (in bacon fat) onions. Don’t forget the peas.

I have eaten meat, for seventy plus years, and three years ago my colonoscopy doctor told me he didn’t want to see me again for ten years. I eat meat in some form or another, processed or natural (if there is such a thing) at least three to four meals a week. Octoberfest wurst, St. Patty’s corned beef, Thanksgiving Turkey, Easter Ham, and Christmas Prime Rib Roast are musts in my home and will be til the end.

My lovely youngest daughter is a Vegan. I don’t hold it against her, she chose her own path in life. I do have a bit of malice in my soul for scare mongers and irresponsible newscasters, however, who rant on without thinking. Every single prime time network news station lead with the Cancer Scare story last night, as did all the newspapers this morning. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about. C’mon, enough already.

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