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The TRUTH About Bacon Revealed! Deny Dietary Ignorance!

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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:11 PM

Take up thine bacon ATSers, and walk.

This just in...

When people today think of bacon, they think of clogged arteries, love handles and sin. They also think of Homer Simpson… That’s right: eating bacon means that you’re destined for heart disease, a fat belly and a lifetime in Satan’s dungeon-Doh!

But, thinking this way is a terrible misconception. In truth, bacon is a very good addition to your diet and should be something enjoyed more often than you endulge in pancakes and syrup or crepes with brown sugar. Pancakes and syrup may look good to some people, but it is not good for you at all… Bacon is not an unhealthy food when choosen correctly.

By reading this article your’re going to learn why and how to properly add bacon to your diet, and you’re going to start doing it now.

What Is Bacon? Bacon is a cured meat (a natural way to prevent the meat from spoiling by way of salt, and often nitrites) that traditionally comes from a pig. It consists of both the meat of the pig, plus the fat (known as lard). Bacon usually comes from either the belly of the pig, the back or the sides. The amount of fat (lard) in bacon depends on how fat the pig is, with the belly usually being fattier than the back, especially in America. Today, you can also find bacon made from turkey, but if you actually spent time reading the label of turkey bacon, you’d see it contains a laundry list of ingredients, many of which are not good for you such as hydrolyzed corn gluten, soy protein, wheat gluten, disodium inosintae, silicon dioxide and nitrites.

Europeans Have It Right All over Germany, pork reigns supreme. From bacon to sausage to lard, no parts of the pig are left unused. And, if you take a good look at traditional Germans, you will notice that they are not as overweight as Americans, nor suffer the same incidences of chronic disease. A traditional German plate Unlike modern-day Americans, Europeans use lard for most of their baking and cooking.

Previously in the US, we also use to incorporate a lot of lard into our daily diets, but with the notion (from our government) that pig fat is too “saturated” and unhealthy, we shifted to the use of hydrogenated plant oils (aka., vegetable shortening ) which actually made us sicker, fatter and more diseased.

Why Bacon is Better

To understand why bacon, and the fat it’s rich in (lard) is a healthy choice for us to use in our diets along with other beneficials fats and proteins, let’s look at the nutritional science of this food. If we take 1 tablespoon of pure lard, we see that is consists of an even balance of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, with some polyunsaturates and cholesterol (all animal fats contain cholesterol), but no trans fats.

Specifically, it contains*:
• 5.9 grams of saturated fatty acids
• 6.4 grams monounsaturated fatty acids
• 2 grams polyunsaturated fatty acids (mostly omega-6)
• 14 mg cholesterol( *anaylsis from Mass Spectrometry at Univeristy of Alberta, 20030

If you compare lard to vegetable shortening, you get**:
• 3.8 grams saturated fatty acids
• 6.7 grams monounsaturated fatty acids
• 3.9 grams polyunsaturated fatty acids (mostly omega-6)
• 2 grams trans fatty acids (man-made)
• 0 mg cholesterol (**anaylsis from ESHA Food Processor)

What’s most frightening, is the trans fats found in this man-made, fake lard substitute – trans fats have now been linked directly to heart disease morbidity and mortality, and there is a strong move to rid our shelves of this dangerous fat as soon as possible.

Saturated Fat is Not Bad Some people still think saturated fats are evil, and as a result have banned bacon from their homes. However, fatty acid experts today emphasize that saturated fat from natural sources like meats, dairy, and tropical oils (coconut, palm) are not detrimental for our health, but instead much better than the polyunsaturated and hydrogenated substitutes we’ve been recently using. Sure, maybe it’s confusing to try and tell yourself that saturated fat isn’t bad like we once thought.However, it’s important that you realize that we were fed lies and deception that only made us fatter, sicker and more unhealthy. We need to change this way of thinking. The bottom line is that saturated fats, like that found in bacon CAN and SHOULD fit into a healthy diet –a diet low in sugar, processed carbohydrates, and synthetic chemicals, but high in fresh low-pesticide vegetables, organic meats and fish, and nuts and seeds. Essential Omega-6 and Omega-3 Balance

What about the omega-6 fats in bacon? Some people feel that bacon and other foods containing omega-6 polyunsaturated fats should be minimized, and a focus placed on omega-3 fats such as fish, flax and certain nuts - which is both true and untrue. It is correct that we should try to keep a fairly close balance between the omega-6 fats (found in most meats and some nuts and seeds) and the omega-3 fats, but we can’t completely eliminate omega-6s in favor of omega-3s. Not only is it almost impossible, unless you eat completely fat-free meats and avoid all nuts and oils, but your body needs omega-6s because they are ESSENTIAL – meaning necessary for proper metabolic and physiologic function. It’s more important to maintain a healthy ratio of omega-6 fats found in foods like bacon, with omega-3 fats found in DHA-enriched eggs and omega-3 rich fish.

For example, a great breakfast combination would be a few slices of bacon with omega-3 DHA eggs topped with organic salsa and avocado. Delishious and nutritious! The Science of Bacon Fat In 2003, I conducted a research study at the University of Alberta looking at the effects of a high bacon fat diet compared to a high palm oil diet on the cholesterol synthesis and inflammation profiles of ten healthy men. I cooked all the food for these guys every day, so all they ate was what I gave them.

They ate things like:
• (BLLTs) Bacon, Lettuce, Lard and Tomato sandwiches
• Hash Browns cooked in lard
• Bacon and Egg Omletes cooked in lard (To say I smelled like bacon all the time was a compliment…)

After 6 weeks on each diet, their blood was analyzed for cholesterol synthesis rates, cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations, and markers of inflammation. What was found was that the high lard diet compared to the high palm oil diet produced significantly lower total cholesterol, and total-cholesterol/HDL cholesterol levels, with slightly lower LDL-cholesterol and inflammatory marker levels. What this means is that fat from lard may be less cholesterolemic and inflammatory than fat from palm oil. This does not mean that palm oil is a bad fat, but instead suggests that lard may be better when consumed often.

Choosing Healthy Bacon Now that you know that the fat in bacon is not bad for you, or harmful for your health, don’t immediately go out and purchase bacon and eat it everyday. First, you need to look for bacon that is nitrite-free. Nitrite (sodium nitrite) is a preservative used in bacon to not only prevent spoilage, but also keep bacon a nice red color. However, nitrite is also a known carcinogen and is related to increased risk and incidences of cancer. So, if you do decide to choose bacon to help you either stick to a lower-carbohydrate diet, or just eat instead of toast and jam, make sure you choose wisely – natural nitrite free bacon is the best. With bacon, you don’t have to worry about the pig being full of artifical or natural hormones, because these are not allowed to be used on pigs.

Eat a Better Breakfast:
Now you know that bacon is a good breakfast food - but it can also be used to enhance the taste of your favorite salads for lunch, or as a side dish at dinner. No matter what you choose to do with your diet, bacon or not, remember that bacon is not bad for you, and will not ruin your health. Also, when eaten in the context of a low-sugar, unprocessed diet, it will not make your belly look like a pig’s. Enjoy!


It's Bacon Time!

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:12 PM
it's time for some bacon wrapped in bacon! hellz ya!

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:17 PM
reply to post by here4awhile

Yeah! That's right. That right there is what I am talking about!

C'mon, Atser's. Now that you can gobble down on some bacon how are ya gonna celebrate?

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:18 PM
Wonderful article.

I believe attentiveness and moderation are key to any diet.
Thanks for the post OP.


posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:24 PM
How I love a bacon sarnie...ermm, bacon errmm...

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:25 PM
Get Down Bacon Siblings...

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:26 PM
reply to post by Frater210

I love bacon.

As an aside, the idea that cholesterol causes heart disease is provably false.

Cholesterol plaques are the body's response to infection of the heart and central circulatory system. They are assembled by the body to put a "cap" over any area that is inflamed. This prevents the infection from becoming systemic.

Heart attack/fibrilation is an interruption to the electrical rhythm of the heart which causes contraction of the heart chambers to become dissynchronous and therefore the effectiveness of pumping blood is compromised.

It is known that cholesterol plaques do not cause this. It is amost exclusively caused by inflammation, usually itself caused by infection.

People who die from heart attack are likely to have cholesterol plaques because their body is fighting infections of the heart tissue.

Reducing cholesterol below a certain threshold is likely to cause heart attack as the very thing required to mitigate the threat is absent.
edit on 19/4/2011 by chr0naut because: (no reason given)

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:27 PM
reply to post by Frater210

Thanks for the info, that's great news for me since I eat bacon all the time.

Thanks also for reminding me of one of my favorite Simpson scenes ever.

Homer: Are you saying you're never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?
Lisa: No.
Homer: Ham?
Lisa: No.
Homer: Pork chops?
Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.
Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

God I love classic Simpson's

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:30 PM
reply to post by chr0naut

Yes. Speak the Truth unto our Bacon Brethren.

It is becoming an ancient Chinese secret that the very fats we are being warned against are the very ones that make us fitter and smarter.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:32 PM
LOL WHERE IS THE NITRATES?? Cured meat...hardly now, back in the days before nitrates, smoking preserved the meat....NOW ITS NITRATES. Read the ingredients....if you find some without Nitrates buy it! I love Bacon, if you find a Nitrate free brand send me a msg...otherwise this thread should contain an asterisk* "Commercial Bacon Not included"
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:32 PM
reply to post by scojak

Too funny, Bacon Brother.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:33 PM
I am gonna go have a lard milkshake with a bacon straw to celebrate! Seriously though, we used to eat bacon all the time when I was a kid and then we were told it was unhealthy so we switched. Strangely enough my entire family got fatter eating "healthier".

Once more, the natural way is the right way.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:34 PM
reply to post by Drala


Bacon Dis-Info Agent!!!!!!

Yeah, you are right. Luckily Trader Joe's carries lot's of uncured Bacon, Bacon, Bacon...

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:38 PM
reply to post by Frater210

Thanks for that.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:41 PM
Aye, fat is important in your diet. Any time I see people going crazy for food "low in fat", thinking, "this will help me lose weight!!!", makes me facepalm. Processed garbage, chemicals, etc., are what are going to take you down, not the fat.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:41 PM
These guys know how to celebrate the New Bacon Paradigm...

This is one of the strangest things I have ever seen.

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:41 PM
I love you Frater....sniff sniff

I'll drink to that !!

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:45 PM
reply to post by Tasty Canadian

Yes. When the Lords of Bakon come...then they will all see.

Just in case you have never tried it...say Bacon with a Jamaican accent.

Good luck stopping.

Dude, love the .gif! Can you post it on this thread?
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:50 PM
reply to post by Frater210

I've taken to putting bacon on my grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm glad it's good for me now because it tastes great! There's nothing I can say that hasn't been said before in a much funnier way, so...

[all quotes are from Homer unless otherwise specified]

“Special day! Oh, what have I forgotten now? Now, don’t panic. Is it Bacon Day? No, that’s crazy talk!”

“Let’s see-Farmer Billy’s smoke-fed bacon, Farmer Billy’s bacon-fed bacon, Farmer Billy’s travel bacon…" -Apu

“I enjoy having breakfast in bed. I like waking up to the smell of bacon, sue me. And since I don’t have a butler, I have to do it myself. So, most nights before I go to bed, I will lay six strips of bacon out on my George Foreman grill. Then I go to sleep. When I wake up, I plug in the grill. I go back to sleep again. Then I wake up to the smell of crackling bacon. It is delicious, it’s good for me, it’s the perfect way to start the day.”
Michael Scott – The Office

“Uh, “Hello, room service? I’d like some bacon, a couple of cokes, and a bunch of whores.”
Butthead, Beavis and ButtHead

Homer: "I’ll have the smiley face breakfast special. Uhh, but could you add a bacon nose? Plus bacon hair, bacon mustache, five o’clock shadow made of bacon bits and a bacon body."
Waitress: "How about I just shove a pig down your throat?"(Homer looks excited)

“Mmm … unexplained bacon”

posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 06:56 PM
reply to post by coyotepoet

Ah, God, that Michael Scott quote kills me. That scene has haunted me since the first time I saw it. It is one of the few things that I can think of that can simultaneously trigger compassion and hilarity in me. I just keep visualizing the barbecue marks on the sole of his foot and it kills me. Poor guy.

Yeah, I use a piece of Bacon to season my cast iron skillets before cooking meat in them and then redistribute the Bacon to another side dish. Usually the rice or potatoes.

Long Live Bacon! Run Piggies Run!

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