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Bacon - what to look for?

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Created March 16, 2011 at 3:30 AM

we look for met to be grass-fed, and fish to be wild caught. What are the important things to look for when buying bacon?

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:20 PM

thanks Stephen!

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on March 17, 2011
at 01:22 AM

That's one handsome beast!

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:58 PM

glycemic load is SAD terminology. Fructose has a low Glycemic load because it bypasses insulin and is processed directly into fat via the liver. the byproducts arent so friendly in the process either.

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:47 PM

While Pigs are omnivores and dont Thrive just on Grass... Theres Ample evidence that Pigs can thrive on Pasture, provided they have access to other sources of food as well. Pigs do VERY well without Grains. Tubers are a great Pigfood.

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I love the Applegate Uncured Sunday Bacon. So good, I must eat a pound every 2 or 3 days! I tried the dry cured one, but it was too salty.

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on March 16, 2011
at 01:33 PM

You're right. Bacon is not supposed to have gluten. But it's nice to know they didn't sneak it in somehow and sabatoge my bacon.

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on March 16, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I find it ridiculous that we have to advertise meat (!) products as "gluten free". It's like it's everywhere.

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Nitrates: http://paleohacks.com/questions/700/bacon-nitrates#axzz1GkVuODiC

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on March 16, 2011
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Yep! Kirkland, that's what's loading up my freezer, atm. It's really tasty too!

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on March 16, 2011
at 03:47 AM

pigs dont eat grass........you want it uncured and no added sugar. Pasture raised.

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at 03:45 AM

Joyce, same here. Uncured bacon at Whole Foods has sugar. The Kirkland brand is the only one I can find with no sugar.

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A5ead9de259ae72f2165ecb12f4ae764

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on March 16, 2011
at 11:58 AM

I buy bacon that is nitrate free, antibiotic free, and gluten free. The brand is Applegate. www.applegatefarms.com. It's delicious!

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on March 16, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I love the Applegate Uncured Sunday Bacon. So good, I must eat a pound every 2 or 3 days! I tried the dry cured one, but it was too salty.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 16, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I find it ridiculous that we have to advertise meat (!) products as "gluten free". It's like it's everywhere.

A5ead9de259ae72f2165ecb12f4ae764

(440)

on March 16, 2011
at 01:33 PM

You're right. Bacon is not supposed to have gluten. But it's nice to know they didn't sneak it in somehow and sabatoge my bacon.

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on March 16, 2011
at 12:39 PM

I have my best luck at farmers markets.

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on March 16, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Seems the "ideal" (from reading forums/blogs) is sugar free, nitrate free and maybe, low sodium.

However, I shop at Trader Joe's, Safeway, Costco and I've only found bacon that is one or the other.

For cost, I go to Costco and get 4 pack-bundle that is low sodium and sugar free. But it has nitrates. I've looked at Trader Joe's selection of nitrate free/uncured bacon and it contains sugar.

For me, low sodium and sugar free was more important. Also, there is the argument that nitrates are found naturally in vegetables and the nitrates contained in processed meat is negligible.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 16, 2011
at 11:54 AM

Nitrates: http://paleohacks.com/questions/700/bacon-nitrates#axzz1GkVuODiC

2b423e7f4d4d6e13e820dcee5a3be746

(143)

on March 16, 2011
at 04:37 AM

Yep! Kirkland, that's what's loading up my freezer, atm. It's really tasty too!

3356ba7b8584634c67476c213c291fe1

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on March 16, 2011
at 03:45 AM

Joyce, same here. Uncured bacon at Whole Foods has sugar. The Kirkland brand is the only one I can find with no sugar.

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:49 PM

bacon---what-to-look-for?

http://www.forestfed.com/

They forage for many different kinds of food, including nuts, roots, fruits, and mushrooms. This natural food gives their meat a rich, distinctive flavor that intensively raised pork lacks.

Id be willing to bet the O6 is very low in Pigs not fed Grains.

Sadly, there are no Forest Fed Pigs near me.... yet.

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Barring Forest Fed, Check out Eatwild.com, and find a local farmer who feeds their pork minimal grains.

http://eatwild.com/

896162c5cd0b39e2e030e9bb17093eaa

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on March 17, 2011
at 01:22 AM

That's one handsome beast!

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on March 17, 2011
at 09:20 PM

thanks Stephen!

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on March 16, 2011
at 06:31 PM

I buy Pederson's Natural Farms Honey Bacon -no nitrates, no preservatives,certified humane, made with honey not suger (save yourself on that glycemic load!). Try to find a local place that carries this brand since their online price is great but their shipping is over the moon expensive. The CSA i buy from offers fully grass-fed pasture raised uncured pork bacon. I tried curing it myself a variety of ways and it always tasted like crispy pork fat. (which is good, just not when your craving that bacon taste).

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on March 16, 2011
at 09:58 PM

glycemic load is SAD terminology. Fructose has a low Glycemic load because it bypasses insulin and is processed directly into fat via the liver. the byproducts arent so friendly in the process either.

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on March 16, 2011
at 11:29 AM

I want to find a pastured bacon source, but am really liking Nature's Promise bacon from Giant; it is uncured, nitrate free, very low sodium. I'm not sure if it's sugar free, but I know there is very little in there, if any. BJs carries a very similar brand, but the brand name escapes me... The one from BJs tastes wonderful, but is quite fatty so it shrinks a LOT! On the plus side, more greas for baconnaise! :)

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