Crunching his teeth, well, his dentures, on two pieces at a time of crunchy pork bacon he had just jammed into his mouth, he didn’t miss a chew, when I asked his opinion on the recent World Health Organization’s report on bacon and other processed meat causing cancer.
His answer was slow coming as my breakfast partner had several more bacon strips on his plate.
I was patient, not usually this way, but I knew if I started babbling I would never get an answer and I really wanted to know if this information from a well- recognized health organization meant much to those who ignore everything else that relates to the food industry and, in my opinion, makes all of us need the medical practitioners.
“You can’t believe what you read or hear,” he said while wiping his greasy lips.
He told me he’d heard the report on the TV news he was watching at the dinner table with his grandkids. They said, “No way,” when they heard what Granddad called the “nonsense” about hot dogs.
The youngsters, he told me, wanted to know if they were going to die from cancer if they ate hotdogs anymore.
“What am I supposed to tell a kid when there is such bad information coming at them?” he asked me.
My breakfast partner never directly answered my question about the report but he certainly presented enough inferences to let me know this information regarding processed meat and possibly all red meat, when consumed by humans, presenting some disastrous health issues, had no true meaning at his dinner table.