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Why do so many people list bacon as a good food in paleo eating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Don't get me wrong, I love the taste of bacon when it is crisp. But it is also processed, with questionable additives, besides salt of course. My family, because of me, gets back bacon which we slice thinly and cook in coconut oil. But it still has non-paleo additives, some of which (e.g. sodium nitrite and 'smoke') which leave me wondering what I am doing. I've wondered about this for some time...so if anyone can help out with my confusion, I'd be grateful.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:29 AM

There are plenty of accounts of traditional cultures and native populations approaching their animal food sources with a sense of humility and reverence. That is much more enlightening to me than some made-up abstract concept like "Grok".

5aa057aabe02e83299e1e2137eab05e2

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Ha! I am so sorry for laughing, but compassionately prepared would mean exactly what to Grok?

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on August 22, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Thank you Rose!

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Josh M-Thank you for this. much appreciated

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Bettyrocker- I fry it in coconut oil because back bacon is quite lean.

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on August 22, 2011
at 01:19 PM

bettyrocker - backbacon is not the same as streaky bacon we have here in the US. Backbacon is similar to what they call "Canadian Bacon" in the US. It doesn't really have it's own grease.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:16 AM

homemade coconut BACON ice cream? hmmmmmmm

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:15 AM

homemade coconut ice cream - nomnomnomnomnom

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on August 22, 2011
at 05:31 AM

I still eat ice cream... I try to get the fattest vanilla with least sugar and then add sauce from 80% dark chocolate and full cream (just microwave for 20s and stir). Lovely and the fats keep the blood sugar from spiking too much. You can also make great ice-cream from coconut milk and dark chocolate - just melt together and drop it in the ice maker.

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

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on August 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Add Dr. Eades to the "the whole nitrate scare seems to have been a lot of nothing" side of the ledger.

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on August 21, 2011
at 11:56 PM

find quality bacon http://www.eatwild.com...I live in midwest area and can vouch for http://www.honoredprairie.com.

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on August 21, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I agree and recommend the thicker more expensive TJ bacon as a better value. More meat per $ and easier to cook on the stove.

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on August 21, 2011
at 06:26 PM

@Aili - I live in Alberta and have no problem finding great pasture fed beef & pork. Here is a link that may help you, Saskatchewan is near the bottom of the page: http://www.eatwild.com/products/canada.html

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

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on August 21, 2011
at 06:12 PM

And Stephan Guyenet and Dr. Harris both pooh-pooh the idea that nitrates are bad for you. Not sure I agree with their cavalier approach but that's their attitude.

74d0407ca99061cab2512ed83683b498

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:12 PM

Wait -- you fry bacon in coconut oil?? Why not just put it in the pan and let it fry in its own grease?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 21, 2011
at 04:51 PM

anyone else just lose the taste for it? I like it as a flavoring on salads, but otherwise I just don't crave it.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Great links! I tend to agree with the Whole9 position. I had my fling with bacon and then I let it go. I think it's a great gateway drug to paleo but not sure it's the best food to eat everyday. Well I think there are far better choices. Great treat but not something to make a staple in the diet.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I agree with the "forbidden food" thing. I think we really enjoy throwing it up in CW's face. It's sort of the symbol of our resistance. Bacon is demonized for being high fat and we happen to like high fat. "Everyone" knows and understands bacon. It's the perfect icon for everything that is wrong with CW.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:34 PM

I live in Saskatchewan and cannot find the type of bacon of which you speak. I recall as a child that on my granny's farm (organic) we ate salt pork that was sliced thinly and fried to a crispy consistency. Mmmmm! Unfortunately, even though I live in an agricultural province, the quality of which you speak is not readily available. Thanks!

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:30 PM

much appreciated

22e9f1dabb279c620977403789aef7dd

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:28 PM

another one http://cavegirleats.com/2011/05/24/in-defense-of-bacon-and-self-determination/

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:19 PM

It is quite possible to get quality bacon from pastured pigs, without the usual additives. There is great bacon from some of the pastured pig farmers at my farmers market. Applegate Farms also sells some decent bacon in many grocery stores. AFAIK, this kind of bacon is what folks here eat.

I suspect some of the bacon fetish is just because it's been a "forbidden food" for so long. IMO, it's still not ideal, but quality bacon is not bad either. I sure wouldn't make it a major part of my diet, but it's a lovely flavoring. Just be sure to get the good stuff.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on August 22, 2011
at 01:50 PM

Josh M-Thank you for this. much appreciated

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on August 21, 2011
at 06:26 PM

@Aili - I live in Alberta and have no problem finding great pasture fed beef & pork. Here is a link that may help you, Saskatchewan is near the bottom of the page: http://www.eatwild.com/products/canada.html

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on August 21, 2011
at 04:34 PM

I live in Saskatchewan and cannot find the type of bacon of which you speak. I recall as a child that on my granny's farm (organic) we ate salt pork that was sliced thinly and fried to a crispy consistency. Mmmmm! Unfortunately, even though I live in an agricultural province, the quality of which you speak is not readily available. Thanks!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 21, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I agree with the "forbidden food" thing. I think we really enjoy throwing it up in CW's face. It's sort of the symbol of our resistance. Bacon is demonized for being high fat and we happen to like high fat. "Everyone" knows and understands bacon. It's the perfect icon for everything that is wrong with CW.

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on August 21, 2011
at 05:02 PM

If you love bacon and don't like the additives, make your own. It's easy and fun, and only requires a shelf in your refrigerator for a week or so. Made without smoke flavoring or even without nitrates, if those worry you (they occur naturally in many foods, even supposedly nitrate-free foods).

(I've posted this in so many threads I'm beginning to feel like a shill for my own bacon, lol. Good thing I don't sell it, or I'd be kicked off PaleoHacks for sure.)

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on August 22, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Thank you Rose!

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 21, 2011
at 04:17 PM

It's a debate that has been had on paleo blogs. Here are some of the pros and cons, others can edit this list if they know of other posts:

Against bacon:

Whole9

For bacon:

Balanced Bites

Cave Girl Eats

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 21, 2011
at 04:51 PM

anyone else just lose the taste for it? I like it as a flavoring on salads, but otherwise I just don't crave it.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on August 21, 2011
at 04:30 PM

much appreciated

03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on August 22, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Add Dr. Eades to the "the whole nitrate scare seems to have been a lot of nothing" side of the ledger.

88905cfc5bb098ad3830671a1af373a8

(803)

on August 21, 2011
at 06:12 PM

And Stephan Guyenet and Dr. Harris both pooh-pooh the idea that nitrates are bad for you. Not sure I agree with their cavalier approach but that's their attitude.

22e9f1dabb279c620977403789aef7dd

(160)

on August 21, 2011
at 04:28 PM

another one http://cavegirleats.com/2011/05/24/in-defense-of-bacon-and-self-determination/

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on August 21, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Great links! I tend to agree with the Whole9 position. I had my fling with bacon and then I let it go. I think it's a great gateway drug to paleo but not sure it's the best food to eat everyday. Well I think there are far better choices. Great treat but not something to make a staple in the diet.

1
7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 22, 2011
at 03:46 AM

I think bacon acts as a bridge for a lot of people starting out on paleo. In my first days I did not reach for organ meats and coconut milk. It took awhile to incorporate other important parts. Bacon is easy and most everybody likes it.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 21, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Its convient, but mostly not optimal. I dont eat bacon cause i cant source good bacon. I rather fry some lamb hearts and kidneys for breakfast, with bone marrow or chop up a whole cooconut.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on August 21, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Well, it tastes really damn good and is incredibly satisfying. I use to eat tons of it.

I don't really eat bacon at all now, but that is mainly because I currently can't afford to source the really high quality, compassionately prepared stuff.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on February 27, 2012
at 03:29 AM

There are plenty of accounts of traditional cultures and native populations approaching their animal food sources with a sense of humility and reverence. That is much more enlightening to me than some made-up abstract concept like "Grok".

5aa057aabe02e83299e1e2137eab05e2

(108)

on February 27, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Ha! I am so sorry for laughing, but compassionately prepared would mean exactly what to Grok?

1
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on August 21, 2011
at 05:10 PM

bacon is basically the only reason I didn't give up paleo ( besides all that other stuff like energy and toning up. I realllllly liked my croissants and ice cream)

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on August 22, 2011
at 11:16 AM

homemade coconut BACON ice cream? hmmmmmmm

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 22, 2011
at 11:15 AM

homemade coconut ice cream - nomnomnomnomnom

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on August 22, 2011
at 05:31 AM

I still eat ice cream... I try to get the fattest vanilla with least sugar and then add sauce from 80% dark chocolate and full cream (just microwave for 20s and stir). Lovely and the fats keep the blood sugar from spiking too much. You can also make great ice-cream from coconut milk and dark chocolate - just melt together and drop it in the ice maker.

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on August 21, 2011
at 04:54 PM

I get nitrate free bacon without bad additives from trader joe's. A whole foods store is probably great too. Hope this helps! :)

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on August 21, 2011
at 07:39 PM

I agree and recommend the thicker more expensive TJ bacon as a better value. More meat per $ and easier to cook on the stove.

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