Bacon lovers have been told by researchers that it is safe to eat after all.
Previous health chiefs had warned that the rashers could cause cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
However, a Canadian team have said that after review “The uncertain health benefits of cutting down are unlikely to be worth it.”
The study concluded that cutting back on processed and red meat had little to no impact to health.
Dr Bradley Johnston, of Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, said: “We cannot say with any certainty that eating red or processed meat causes cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
“Any health benefits from staying away from meat are uncertain, and, if they exist at all, are very small.
“For the average person who enjoys eating meat, the uncertain health benefits of cutting down are unlikely to be worth it.
“We suggest individuals continue their current consumption of red meat and processed meat.”