WATCH: Is Meat Industry's $13.5 Million 'Healthy' Bacon Good For You?

PBN's Klaus Mitchell reports on this new processed meat product
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At the end of last year it was announced that the meat industry had invested £13.5 million in an attempt to create healthier bacon.

According to The World Health Organisation [WHO], processed meats like bacon are as dangerous as asbestos and smoking in terms of being a carcinogen. The organization estimates that 34,000 bowel and colon cancer deaths annually can be linked directly to diets high in processed meat.

It is the nitrates - which are used to cure bacon - that make it so unhealthy.

The new product - called Naked Bacon - is said to be nitrate free.

It has been created by British meat manufacturers Finnebrogue working with Spanish chemists.

?Bacon is classed as carcinogenic (Photo: Andrew Ridley)

?Bacon is classed as carcinogenic (Photo: Andrew Ridley)

Processed

Professor Chris Elliott, Chair of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University Belfast, said: "Many forms of processed foods have come under the spotlight over recent years for their unhealthy attributes. Processed red meat in particular has been a focal point.

"Nitro containing compounds, used in the manufacture of traditional bacons, are known to cause the formation of chemicals that have negative health impacts.

"To have a bacon produced naturally, that doesn't require such chemicals to be added or formed during processing, is a very welcome development."

The bacon is the first to be completely free from nitrites, preservatives, E numbers, and all allergens."

Healthy?

But does simply removing the nitrates out of bacon make it healthy?

In this video, PBN's Klaus Mitchell looks at the whole story.

He says: "The narrative many people are pushing is that this nitrate-free bacon is healthier and safer.

"Sure - nitrates are unhealthy - and that particular risk has been eliminated - but does being nitrate-free equate to being healthy?"

You canwatch the full video on YouTube here