Hamocide This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Sorry to ruin your day, but according to a recent study by a panel of 21 leading experts, bacon has been found to cause bowel cancer. Much to my gustatory dismay, bacon, the greatest snack/condiment known to man, can now be added to the list of foods that might kill you, along with sugar-free gum, diet soda, and razor-blade chicken nuggets.

I’m curious to see how the folks at Big Bacon are going to play this off. This very well could turn into a massive public relations nightmare where all bacon must be packaged with a Surgeon General warning. I can see it now – a sly rip-off of Porky Pig with X’s for eyes and a caption that reads: “Warning: Bacon may cause bowel cancer. It is not a safe alternative to bouillon cubes.” Now that I think about it, it may only be a matter of time before they link smoked bacon to emphysema.

Perhaps this is all God’s way of taking bacon down a couple of notches. I did some research and found that you can now buy bacon-flavored toothpicks, bacon ice cream, bacon beer, and oddly enough, bacon-flavored chocolate. Let’s not forget Wendy’s new cloven-hoofed artery clogger, The Baconator – with its slogan, “Go on, obsess a little.” Sheesh, sounds a bit like idolatry to me.

Then again, it is no secret that America loves food. Our country’s children are beginning to look more and more like bean bags, and our national BMI is slated to enter triple digits by next McRib season. We have to grab this food crisis by the glandular and take control!

So, what can we do? I vote we get Paleolithic with provisions. The cavemen didn’t need any special dressing on their brontosaurus chops and neither do we. Let us eat for the sake of sustenance and the stimulation of conversation. Also, instead of having a tall glass of gravy with your meal, try whole milk with Sweet ’n Low. Maybe in time you can work your way down to water.

I know it is hard to take food advice from someone whose rib cage shows through hoodies, but now that ham is homicidal and death by dining is plausible, we must cook up some palatable ways to trim the trans fats. So, hop off those Segways and put down that powdered-sugar fried chicken. Richard Simmons believes in you.

Now, I leave you in true Porky Pig fashion, “Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!”

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Nick said...
Dec. 1, 2008 at 5:23 pm
But i like bacon aaaaaaaaa i eat a lot but i have no cancer of i am not fat waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha
xjustsmiledearx said...
Nov. 17, 2008 at 8:01 pm
Well written, I must say. However, I'd like to bring up the point.. what doesn't cause cancer these days? It seems like almost every single day, the list grows and more and more things are found to cause cancer. Who knows anymore? But I would also like to say that because all of this attention goes to the "over-weight" America, it leaves other issues in the shadows. Other issues, meaning.. EATING DISORDERS like bulimia, anorexia, body dismorphic disorder, etc. I know people very close ... (more »)
appysrule said...
Sept. 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Ewwww.....bacon flavored chocolate.....lol Good point. Even though I am not exactly the role model for dieting. Well written and actually pretty funny. But still....Bacon flavored choclate?????
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