These Breakfast Favourites May Not Be As Harmless as You Think

Posted on 22 November 2015

These Breakfast Favourites May Not Be As Harmless as You Think

Headlines warning you about the danger of eating your favourite foods are such a kill joy. What’s so bad about the usual serving of bread, butter, and bacon for breakfast?

Could all the negative buzz surrounding our old favourites be absolute truth? For instance, does eating bacon really harm us the same way as smoking cigarettes does? It seems our delightful brekkie sandwiches are not too safe after all.

Well, here’s a rundown of the facts we know so far.


Bacon gets such a bad rap lately. Is it deserved?

Probably the most glorified of all processed meat, bacon is not alone on the list of cancer-causing foods.

According to research, consuming high amount of processed meat can lead to colorectal cancer. An independent research organisation,  Global Burden of Disease Project, reported that around 34,000 cancer deaths worldwide are attributed to diets rich in processed meat (Source: WHO).

Red meat has not been found to cause cancer but researchers are studying them closely for their potential carcinogenic effects.

The Verdict: While there is not enough evidence that eating a lot of red meat can lead to cancer, there is sufficient proof that diets high in processed meat can increase one’s risk of getting cancer. You can choose to skip bacon during brekkie daily, eat them only once in a while or opt for healthier alternatives like tuna or salmon. 

Everything’s better with butter. Or, is it?

As anyone who has regularly had a toast for breakfast, skipping butter is tough.

But we’ve heard so many times that consuming a large amount of saturated fat from butter can kill us. The research on this subject remains inconclusive, though. Scientists need to factor in ‘lifestyle’ in weighing the health impact of butter and other foods rich in saturated fats.

The Verdict: Eating butter in moderation may not be bad for health but it does not rule out the fact that it may have some harmful effects.  After all, clogging our arteries with too much saturated fat cannot be good for our heart.

Gluten aversion is a trend that will pass in time.

Since when did bread become so evil? For those diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-laden foods like bread have been a menace since birth. 

But what about those who are never tested for gluten sensitivity? Those who self-diagnose and avoid foods with gluten just because their trusted celebrities said so? Well, this paranoia is unfounded – unless you have been checked by a certified medical professional.

The Verdict: If you have not been tested positive for celiac disease, you need to check with a licensed physician whether you should jump on a gluten-free diet. When you dig deeper, you’ll find that gluten sensitivity is among the modern health myths, exactly what this recent study has investigated

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