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Old 12-19-2013, 06:13 PM   #21
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Try fitting processed meats into a 1500 mg/day low sodium diet, and let me know which one you prefer then...
I think the low salt diet is one of the healthiest diets because it pretty much eliminates processed food.

That being said, for me a vegan diet is easier to be on than a low salt diet, and a vegan diet is pretty restrictive. I feel for you, Paquette.
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Eating a few slices of bacon now and then isn't going to hurt you, in my opionion. It's all the other processed meats (lunchmeat, especially) that some people eat on a regular basis that will cause problems over time. I eat a lot of meat, but I gave up processed lunchmeat long ago. Here is an article from Mark Sisson that covers this topic pretty well:

Are Cold Cuts Healthy Primal Food? | Mark's Daily Apple
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Eating a few slices of bacon now and then isn't going to hurt you, in my opionion. It's all the other processed meats (lunchmeat, especially) that some people eat on a regular basis that will cause problems over time. I eat a lot of meat, but I gave up processed lunchmeat long ago. Here is an article from Mark Sisson that covers this topic pretty well:

Are Cold Cuts Healthy Primal Food? | Mark's Daily Apple
Mark Sisson lumped in prosciutto with salame and pepperoni. Does he know how the first is made compared to the latter two? Makes me wonder.
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While overly processed foods should be looked at with suspicious eyes, I think that few single factors can be pointed to with an accusatory finger as the cause of any disease, except for a few with clear evidences such as smoking effects.

I have read of vegans who died from colon cancer, and at a young age too (20s and 30s). And just yesterday, I happened to read that eczema, a skin disease that is not curable, not well understood and thought to be a problem of the immune system, is on the increase in the UK with a rise of 42% from 2001 to 2005. What was the cause of that?
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Often I find myself reading a story about some sorry death and wondering what the person did wrong. I think this is because I want to feel I'm in control here totally, but unfortunately there are things that can happen in our bodies that appear to be just chance events.

All we can do is play it somewhat conservatively and then enjoy our foods.
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Made me wonder about all the other variables. For example I was exposed to chloradane, back in the 70s-80s in the lumber industry. Did it hurt me? I have chronic migraines, one symptom. Who knows, I don't. Multitude of other nasty stuff that today is also not used. As a kid I remember chasing the DDT trucks. What did that do?

I'll chance some bacon.
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Mark Sisson lumped in prosciutto with salame and pepperoni. Does he know how the first is made compared to the latter two? Makes me wonder.
Besides being more of a whole food (it's not chopped up, cooked and pushed into shape), prosciutto has a strong flavor so one only needs a few slices to experience its wonderful effects. The prosciutto sandwiches I had in Italy had a wonderful bun, two to three slices max of prosciutto, tomato, and a good cheese. When all the ingredients are of good quality, one doesn't need to pile up the fixings to make a good sandwich.
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My butcher has bacon cut right off the pig. Fits in with Paleo nicely. no added junk.
It's not 'bacon' until it is processed. When it is cut off the pig, it is 'pork belly', 'fatback', or 'pork loin'. It will at least be salt-cured.

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It's not 'bacon' until it is processed. When it is cut off the pig, it is 'pork belly', 'fatback', or 'pork loin'. It will at least be salt-cured.

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I think the low salt diet is one of the healthiest diets because it pretty much eliminates processed food.
Hey Helen. I'm low salt (500mg/day) and WFPB.
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