I love the smell of fried bacon but it's never been on my menu for breakfast. Having said that, since reading this article which advises just how nutricious it really is containing a list of beneficial vitamins as long as your arm, maybe I'll put it on my shipping list as it's also Paleo
If you want to get a fairly biased opinion on whether bacon is good for you, just ask folks who eat Paleo and Keto, two of the most popular diets where bacon is a figurative spokesperson. While there’s a decent amount of fanfare surrounding these diets, the fact of the matter is that there’s good evidence that Paleo and Keto may offer quite a few health benefits for a wide range of folks.
Let’s clear through the confusion and tackle some of the myths, presumptions, and facts about this delicious meat candy.
Bacon is Good For You: 6 Health Benefits of Bacon
Believe it or not, bacon has many redeeming qualities beyond just tasting and smelling awesome. In fact, when you start to look a little deeper (and forget about what you’ve heard), you’ll realize that bacon is good for you—at least when it’s consumed as part of an overall healthy diet. Here are some of the things you should know about bacon.
1. Bacon is not just empty calories.
Believe it or not, bacon is not just a vehicle for empty calories. Now, let’s not stretch that to say that bacon is the next “superfood,” but surprisingly, bacon is good for you because it’s fairly nutritious. Two slices of pan-fried bacon, for instance, provide:
8 grams of fat
8 grams of protein
387 mg of sodium
115 mg of potassium
On top of that, bacon contains several B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B12), selenium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Obviously, most people’s eyes are drawn to sodium, which we’ll touch on more in just a moment, but there’s quite a bit more to bacon.
2. Bacon contains “healthy” fats.
3. Bacon is a good source of high-quality protein.
4. Bacon is really satisfying.
5. Bacon is Paleo and Keto-friendly.
6. Bacon makes everything better—including diet quality.
So, Is Bacon Good For You (overall)? 5 Bacon Myths Debunked
How in the world is bacon good for you considering it contains saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and nitrates? After all, these things have been demonized over the years, and bacon must be guilty by association. There’s no possible way bacon is good for you, right? Not so fast. Let’s peel back the layers of some of the common nutritional myths and presumptions to see if bacon is really as unhealthy as we’ve been led to believe.
1. What about saturated fat?
Research back in the 1940s and 50s suggested a strong correlation between diets high in saturated fat and increased risk of heart disease, leading to the low-fat ideology and “diet-heart hypothesis.” Despite the compelling connections, the diet-heart hypothesis has come under great scrutiny of late and been largely dismissed.
In other words, it’s now widely accepted that saturated fat is not associated with heart-related issues and other adverse health outcomes.9 On top of that, saturated fat is also very effective at raising HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and higher levels of HDL are associated with better heart health. Keep in mind that we’re not advocating a diet that relies only on bacon. Rather, we’re suggesting that bacon is good for you when it’s included as part of an overall healthy diet.
2. What about cholesterol?
3. What about sodium?
4. What about nitrates?
5. C’mon, how can you say bacon is good for you since it’s a processed meat? Aren’t processed meats linked to cancer, heart disease, third eyes, and everything else bad you can imagine?
There’s no question that ultra-refined “foods”—the hallmark of the typical Western-style diet—are associated with a laundry list of negative health outcomes. We’re talking junk foods, fast foods, and convenient store-bought packaged foods. However, processed meat, including bacon, may be a different story.
Several large observational studies have shown that high consumption of processed red meat is related to increased overall and cause-specific mortality (which is a fancy way of saying “death”). Ergo, people conclude that processed meat (such as bacon) causes cancer, heart disease, and ultimately, death.
Not a single study has isolated bacon as the culprit, and there’s tremendous doubt that processed meat itself is the real villain, especially when viewed in the context of lifestyle in general. Simply put, bacon is good for you when you eat it as part of an overall healthy diet (made up of predominantly whole, minimally processed REAL foods) combined with an exercise program and regular physical activity. More likely, if you eat some bacon as part of an overall crappy diet and sedentary lifestyle, it’s likely to be guilty by association.
So what am I having for breakfast tomorrow?
Article Source: Wrtten by Tim Skwiat