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Portland reacts to bad news on bacon

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Bacon is a moneymaker in the Portland culinary arena.  Food carts, specialty butcher shops and delis, and popular restaurants have been reaping the benefits of the city’s fascination with it.

The World Health Organization’s recent report, finding bacon and other processed meats to be “carcinogenic,” raised a few eyebrows around the city, but didn’t inspire much actual concern.

“They just need to use it in moderation, and not have it in every meal, snack, dinner, dessert,” said Aaron Silverman, who founded Tails and Trotters in NE Portland, a combination deli and smoked pork retailer.

At Tidbit, a food car pod at 28th and SE Division, Mambo Lennon was in the process of wolfing down a specialty hot dog, when he paused to consider the WHO’s findings, and found them of little concern to him personally.

“If you get enough exercise and balance in other ways,” said Lennon.  “I’m drinking a beer here, too. It’s all about balance.”

The WHO findings were based on daily consumption of 1.8 ounces of processed meat, which is roughly two slices of bacon.  Consuming that quantity of processed meat was tied to an 18% increase in risk of contracting colorectal cancer.

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