Life Offbeat

By Lucy Notarantonio


A bacon-bonkers businessman is celebrating after health experts say there is no link between bacon and cancer – because he’s scoffed nearly 11,000 bacon sarnies.

Steve Grice, 47, from Newport, Shrops, says he will never get bored of a bacon sandwich and has had one for breakfast every day since reaching adulthood.

Steve, who runs a cycling group, organises rides to cafes around his local area in Newport, Shrops, where he reviews their breakfast offerings online – and even won an award for his ‘outstanding services to bacon’ in 2017.

The dad-of-two says he’s delighted with the results of a new study which revealed there’s no cancer link to bacon and sausages – despite years of people telling him to cut down on his bacon consumption.

Steve, who works in business finance said: “I’m not fazed by anything I read regarding cancer and bacon as I find it all very conflicting.

“One month a study may find something to be cancerous and the following month a new study says it is not.

“I guess it puts my mind a little at ease knowing there is no link between bacon and cancer, but I could have told you that anyway since I have eaten bacon for so long and I am fit and healthy.

“I have never been worried about eating bacon sandwiches, it seems there is always a new health scare and I don’t know what to believe anymore.

“I just think people should eat what they enjoy, in moderation.

“I have had a bacon sandwich every single day for as long as I can remember.

“Sometimes, I even have two a day, I love them.

“I can’t put into words what I enjoy so much about bacon, I guess it is the savoury taste.

“I don’t mind cooking a sandwich every morning, it is all part of the enjoyment.

“But I don’t eat any old bacon sandwich; it must be crispy bacon on white bread with brown sauce and served with a cup of tea.

“A lot of people take the fatty bits off but I think that is the best bit if it is cooked properly.

“My pet hate is when a café puts salad on the side or even worse in the sandwich, that is just offensive.”

Researchers at Dalhousie University in Canada have claimed there isn’t a link between red and processed meats and the risk of cancers.

Steve who cycles two or three times per week with Newport Shropshire Cycling Club often refuels his journey by stopping off at a local café to polish off a bacon sarnie.

Two years ago, he received an award after his ‘outstanding services to bacon’ where he was recognised by pork marketing body Love Pork after he religiously reviewed bacon sandwiches at various cafes whilst on club rides.

He added: “It was an honour to win that award and to be recognised, I just love bacon so much and that’s something that will never change.”