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imageLONDON, Great Britain (The Adobo Chronicles) – Consumers the world over abruptly abandoned bacon, hotdogs and processed meat in their diets and quickly turned to eating fruits and vegetables.  This, after the World Health Organization confirmed last week that processed meat causes cancer.

But wait, are fruits and vegetables really safe?

Not according to a new study by researchers at Glasgow University. They have linked increased use of nitrate fertilisers — used in the production of fruits and vegetables  — to an alarming rise in gullet cancer in Britain.

The disease – which affects three times more men than women – kills more than 3,000 people in the UK every year, a threefold increase over the past 20 years. It is more common than stomach cancer.

The increase has puzzled researchers. But Glasgow University researchers, led by Professor Kenneth McColl, have discovered a link between nitrates in fruit and vegetables and gullet cancer.

‘It appears that the mass production of vegetables in the Western world since the last world war may be the underlying factor that has led to such huge increases in this form of cancer,’ he added.

McColl said it was unlikely that organic food would be any healthier, because it also contained substantial levels of nitrate, some of which came from natural fertilisers such as manure.

His research has so far revealed that green and root vegetables contain the highest levels of nitrate.

Following the release of the Glasgow study, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that people stop eating meats, fruits and vegetables altogether and stick to a liquid diet — like purified water and beer.

WHO also suggested that if people can’t survive on liquids, then they should go on a paleo diet, one that is based on how stone age humans ate and survived.



imageSAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Yesterday’s announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that bacon and processed meats cause cancer will go down in history as the bleakest day in the culinary world.

Reactions to the news ranged from disbelief to anger to frustration — pretty much like the reactions we see in people when they read the news that Donald Trump leads most polls as the candidate favored to win the Republican nomination for president.

To gauge the true sentiments of the people on these two issues, The Adobo Chronicles is conducting a poll  on bacon and Trump, and we ask our readers to vote below:


SPAM Musubi
SPAM Musubi

HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – First, it was the Filipino longganisa and tocino  makers that were up in arms against the World Health Organization (WHO) for releasing a study that concludes processed meat causes cancer.

Now, all of Hawaii is protesting against the international organization for one reason: SPAM musubi.

SPAM, of course, is the canned processed meat manufactured by Minnesota-based Hormel Foods.  Like all other processed meat products, SPAM is preserved by using a carcinogenic ingredient known as sodium nitrate, which WHO says is responsible for causing cancer.

SPAM musubi is a popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled SPAM on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

Inexpensive and portable, SPAM musubi are commonly found near cash registers in ABC stores, refrigerated sections of supermarkets and hole-in-the-wall food outlets and trucks all over Hawaii.

Even the McDonald’s chain stores in the islands serve SPAM as part of their island breakfast menu of SPAM, Portuguese sausage (another cancer-causing food), eggs and rice.

Hawaii residents are planning to form a human chain along the entire stretch of Waikiki Beach this Sunday to register their protest against WHO.

“Leave our SPAM alone,” one Filipino Hawaii resident exclaimed as he ordered his island breakfast at McDonald’s on Kalakaua Avenue.