Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.
I have already given up cheeseburgers and French fries, but I’ll be darned if anyone will take away my bacon. I can see it now, bacon will be rationed out like sugar during World War II, if the food cops have their way.
I’ll become a “bacon legger” – you remember the boot-leggers way back when. Well, I will start up a bacon-legger business and probably make a fortune…so I can pay off my home mortgage before I go to the big house in Parchman.
The latest study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin.
Researchers put implants in the brains of rats, gave the rats junk food, found some traffic in the rat brain and concluded — bingo! — Cheetos are as bad as cocaine.
Here’s the conclusion from Dr.Gene-Jack Wang, M.D., the chair of the medical department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, New York: “We make our food very similar to cocaine now… We purify our food. Our ancestors ate whole grains, but we’re eating white bread. American Indians ate corn; we eat corn syrup.”
So now corn syrup is like cocaine? Pulleeze.
I could, of course, point out that American Indians lived to 30 and we live to 80.
But the real question is: Why is someone in the Department of Energy suddenly on the food police’s cocaine-Cheetos patrol?
To expand its power over corn syrup?
The real news here is that the government has targeted what you eat. More control. The government knows better than you what you should eat. It’s science. And if anyone objects — bet the ranch on this one — he will be compared to evil tobacco companies.
Enjoy bacon while you can. Both my grandmothers ate it every morning and both lived to their 90s. Their examples are better than a rat’s “you know what.”