3

votes

BACON: If you eat it a few times every week, why? If you limit your consumption, like me, why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 08, 2011 at 4:51 AM

Many popular bloggers have been blogging about bacon recently. I decided to do a unique bacon post on my blog explaining 5 reasons why I limit my consumption to about 1 lb per month.

Here are my top 5 reasons that came to my mind today:

  1. High in omega 6 fatty acids
  2. Most is too salty
  3. Does not offer many vitamins and minerals
  4. Too messy
  5. My environment says not only bacon, but all pig meat, is the devil.

The last reason has to do with my mother and the bible.

I would personally rather eat avocado, macadamia nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc. I enjoy the taste just as much if not better and I personally believe that bacon is not very healthy. Is it bad? Not if you get true pastured bacon from a local farmers market. But, this is tough to come by.

I used to buy my pastured bacon from Rakowski farm here in GR, MI. I stoppe because it was too salty for me. I now buy it from Crane Dance Farm and love it. But I only treat myself once per month.

It seems as if many people in the primal/paleo community enjoy bacon daily or at least every other day. I am not so sure if this is the greatest idea. It would be ok temporarily but not for years and years.

What do you guys think?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 06, 2011
at 05:12 AM

um, screw bacon, did rose just quote the dead??? hells yes, she did!!!!!!!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:47 AM

+1 for piggy love...and interesting about your experiencing bacon as not being as filling or satiating as other meats. You get *ravenous* soon after? I often eat about 5 pieces and it really does me well...

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:42 AM

+1 for a new recipe I will try. Thanks!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:41 AM

+1 for great info and teaching me something new and yummy to eat. Thanks!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:40 AM

You have will power. My not-divine bacon tastes awfully good to me. I'd have a very hard time eating DIVINE bacon only 2-3X/mo!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:38 AM

+1 for sharing recipes and info. Thanks!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Don't worry Jac, I'm eating yours - total bacon monster! +1 for having the "stuff" to be the odd one out. ;)

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Wow, that is amazing, Rose. I want to do this! Thank you! +1 for amazingness!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 24, 2011
at 02:55 AM

i'll take bacon over the bible one hundred times.....out of 100.

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 23, 2011
at 08:40 PM

I have a girl crush on Rose now. *bacon swoon*

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 13, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Shaun L - You eat those nuts every other day? That seems like a bit much. Nuts contain more phytic acid than grains and the omega 6 content is very inflammatory.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 13, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Ben - Some tastes too salty. I am not concerned about my sodium intake. The bacon from Rakowski farm here in Grand Rapids, MI is just too much for me. Even 2-3 slices. The bacon from Crane Dance Farm is unbelievable. I could consume that everyday. I don't because I prefer other foods.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 13, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Todd, why do you agree with Geoff? You are completely wrong. I'll never jump on the Whole 9 bandwagon.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 09, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Geoff#2, it looks like there's a space after the last "f" in your name.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 09, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Also, tangent but, like coconut milk, bacon seems to occupy a bizarre place in the paleo world. People just devouring too much of the stuff. Too much of anything day in day out I'd say is generally less-than-optimal.

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 08, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Maybe that's it? I've eaten bacon my whole life and never had any guilt, so there's no 'forbidden pleasure' about it. And salty food just doesn't do it for me - I can eat one potato chip and not go back. (not one square of chocolate, though!) There's no substance to bacon - even the chunky farm-made stuff we get locally. I eat it, but . . . meh

B22e5946e28a1845a6006737e59edfc6

(2437)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:56 PM

How the F are there two registered users named Geoff?

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:55 PM

OMFG Rose. I just looked at those pictures. That looks so fun, and so delicious. I wish I had room to do all that.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Real cured bacon always has sodium nitrate, curing salt is known as pink salt (which converts to nitrited in week or two of curing), you can not get the special cured bacony flavor without it. I think its just salt pork without the cure.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Agree with Geoff here...

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I share your sentiments. Eating bacon makes me feel bad, not because of its incredible taste, but because I like to eat stuff that I'd be okay eating every day. So a helping of bacon just makes me want more bacon. Food reward I guess?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:07 PM

I share your sentiments. Eating bacon makes me feel bad, not because of it's incredible taste, but because I like to eat stuff that I'd be okay eating every day. So a helping of bacon just makes me want more bacon. Food reward I guess?

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Yes please share!

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I don't particularly like bacon either. I don't see what the big deal is. Maybe if you've deprived yourself of it your whole life (I haven't) it takes a while for the novelty to wear off?

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:19 PM

I'd upvote this twice, if I could - thank you SO much for the link! I'd never thought to ask for the jowls of our pastured hogs before, but I will this time! WOW, that looks good!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:05 PM

I'm a big fan of fish for breakfast! Do you mind sharing how you pickle it?

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:54 PM

Do you mean it tastes too salty? Or are you concerned about sodium intake?

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:30 PM

The Quilt - for sure! Do you have the T?

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:29 PM

Geoff! What would I do without you buddy?! Uggla - I agree with you. My mother does not.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Primal Toad, it's easy! Get a nice pork belly, mix up a good rub (include some salt, but it doesn't have to be a lot). Slather it on the pork and let it sit for a few days in a non-reactive container in the fridge. Flip it once or twice; it should be making a small amount of brine, and you want it evenly spread. Here's an early batch; we still used nitrates in this, but they're not really necessary, nor is the smoking: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1081508560022.2012985.1295559171&l=7dd6ce15bf

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Fair enough, Dirk-Jan; here's a serious response: I don't turn my nose up at any meat (okay, maybe blowfish), because I know that for someone with inflammation issues, food with a face is far safer than plants. And the current nutritional evaluation of pork doesn't impress me. We aren't at the pinnacle of all knowledge yet, so I don't obsess (too much) over RDAs and supposed nutritional value. Plenty of people(s) have thrived on pork as a staple. And the salt issue -- well, I control that by making it myself. Commercial bacon's oversalted.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:16 PM

If you eat it a few times every week, why? If you limit your consumption, like me, why? != What do you think of bacon?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:40 PM

Five pounds a week in my house

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Good. More for me! Bacon is rad!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Rose could I buy some of your bacon.....love your response! Plus one

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:28 PM

this must be a lie

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I would say it constitutes as an answer. He asked what she thought of bacon and she told him.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:35 AM

Is this an answer? Why? Because you like it? Well, that's a silly reason in a health-centered diet.

4699e9f650f2c69094c79c596fdb5843

(0)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Unique post??? I don't think so. You're just jumping on Whole9's bandwagon for more site traffic.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 08:13 AM

I heart you Rose!

396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

(454)

on June 08, 2011
at 07:54 AM

Amen to that, kinda leads to the don't try to make Non-paleo foods paleo...

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 07:01 AM

Well I have to disagree! Pig meat is sent from the dark gods to us with love. It's yummy fatty goodness sends me into a whirl wind state of euphoria. If pig meat is the Devil, then I will gladly sell my soul! Just tell me where to sign

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:42 AM

Yeah, that's most paleo folk's response, lol

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:21 AM

Well I have to disagree! Pig meat is sent from the dark gods to us with love. It's yummy fatty goodness sends me in to a whirl wind state of euphoria. If pig meat is the Devil, then I will gladly sell my soul! Just tell me where to sign.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:20 AM

Well I have to disagree! Pig meat is sent from the dark gods to us with love. It's yummy fatty goodness send me in a whirl wind state of euphoria. If pig meat is the Devil, then I will gladly sell my soul! Just tell me where to sign.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:10 AM

Communist. (I forgive you tho; more for me.)

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:32 AM

How do you make your own bacon... I am quite curious!!

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:29 AM

I have no problem moderating nuts. I use animal proteins and fats over nuts in any meal and most snacks- I don't even have nuts on a daily basis. I think people get a little carried away, esp. with the nut milks and flours...

396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

(454)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:08 AM

Hehe I think it's harder to moderate nut's than bacon two slices every other day or so... easy. Nuts every other day a bowl of walnuts, almonds, pecans, almond milk, raisins and cinnamon.... Mhmmm. good stuff. Cereal that wont kill you.

Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

23 Answers

best answer

13
3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:08 AM

You kiddin' me? We MAKE our own bacon, that's how much we love it. There are soooo many ways to flavor it, from smoking to maple syrup to juniper berries and garlic and bay leaves. And making our own, we control how much salt goes in, and whether to put any nitrates in the rub (depends on how long it has to last; for our own use, none).

And like Jerry (well, probably Robert Hunter) said, "A friend of the devil is a friend of mine." ;D

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Rose could I buy some of your bacon.....love your response! Plus one

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Primal Toad, it's easy! Get a nice pork belly, mix up a good rub (include some salt, but it doesn't have to be a lot). Slather it on the pork and let it sit for a few days in a non-reactive container in the fridge. Flip it once or twice; it should be making a small amount of brine, and you want it evenly spread. Here's an early batch; we still used nitrates in this, but they're not really necessary, nor is the smoking: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1081508560022.2012985.1295559171&l=7dd6ce15bf

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:16 PM

If you eat it a few times every week, why? If you limit your consumption, like me, why? != What do you think of bacon?

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 08:13 AM

I heart you Rose!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:23 PM

Fair enough, Dirk-Jan; here's a serious response: I don't turn my nose up at any meat (okay, maybe blowfish), because I know that for someone with inflammation issues, food with a face is far safer than plants. And the current nutritional evaluation of pork doesn't impress me. We aren't at the pinnacle of all knowledge yet, so I don't obsess (too much) over RDAs and supposed nutritional value. Plenty of people(s) have thrived on pork as a staple. And the salt issue -- well, I control that by making it myself. Commercial bacon's oversalted.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:55 PM

OMFG Rose. I just looked at those pictures. That looks so fun, and so delicious. I wish I had room to do all that.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:32 AM

How do you make your own bacon... I am quite curious!!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:02 PM

I would say it constitutes as an answer. He asked what she thought of bacon and she told him.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

(676)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:35 AM

Is this an answer? Why? Because you like it? Well, that's a silly reason in a health-centered diet.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:34 AM

Wow, that is amazing, Rose. I want to do this! Thank you! +1 for amazingness!

D687712302e0103ea52615eefc94d102

(396)

on June 23, 2011
at 08:40 PM

I have a girl crush on Rose now. *bacon swoon*

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 06, 2011
at 05:12 AM

um, screw bacon, did rose just quote the dead??? hells yes, she did!!!!!!!

5
667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:56 PM

I do not eat bacon regularly.

I can't find really good bacon without going out of my way. So its inconvenient.

I just don't see it as good quality fuel. I share the whole30 take on it: use it as a tasty condiment, don't consider it fuel for good, hard living. Too little protein, too much fat, for most pigs prolly a higher-than-optimal omega six load, for most versions it'll have too many ingredients.

Stuff tastes wickedly good, though.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:07 PM

I share your sentiments. Eating bacon makes me feel bad, not because of it's incredible taste, but because I like to eat stuff that I'd be okay eating every day. So a helping of bacon just makes me want more bacon. Food reward I guess?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I share your sentiments. Eating bacon makes me feel bad, not because of its incredible taste, but because I like to eat stuff that I'd be okay eating every day. So a helping of bacon just makes me want more bacon. Food reward I guess?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 09, 2011
at 01:43 AM

Also, tangent but, like coconut milk, bacon seems to occupy a bizarre place in the paleo world. People just devouring too much of the stuff. Too much of anything day in day out I'd say is generally less-than-optimal.

4
792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:06 AM

I hesitate to say this out loud, but actually, I don't like bacon. slinks off

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:42 AM

Yeah, that's most paleo folk's response, lol

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

(720)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:28 PM

this must be a lie

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:39 PM

Good. More for me! Bacon is rad!

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:30 PM

The Quilt - for sure! Do you have the T?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:10 AM

Communist. (I forgive you tho; more for me.)

E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I don't particularly like bacon either. I don't see what the big deal is. Maybe if you've deprived yourself of it your whole life (I haven't) it takes a while for the novelty to wear off?

792634a784ec6a636c3137d0903e11b4

(1196)

on June 08, 2011
at 08:44 PM

Maybe that's it? I've eaten bacon my whole life and never had any guilt, so there's no 'forbidden pleasure' about it. And salty food just doesn't do it for me - I can eat one potato chip and not go back. (not one square of chocolate, though!) There's no substance to bacon - even the chunky farm-made stuff we get locally. I eat it, but . . . meh

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Don't worry Jac, I'm eating yours - total bacon monster! +1 for having the "stuff" to be the odd one out. ;)

4
23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:01 AM

I agree that most regular bacon, not just store bought, is loaded with more bad than good, but I love my side pork(from happy, healthy pigs- no feedlot meat for me). I fry it up and sprinkle a little tamari- can make it as salty or not as we like and none of the yuckies. Feels good too. And I think that's what's important. I always feel like my body is getting something it really needs and wants when I'm able to use lard or bacon drippings at will. That said- everything in moderation, including nuts ;).

396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

(454)

on June 08, 2011
at 07:54 AM

Amen to that, kinda leads to the don't try to make Non-paleo foods paleo...

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:29 AM

I have no problem moderating nuts. I use animal proteins and fats over nuts in any meal and most snacks- I don't even have nuts on a daily basis. I think people get a little carried away, esp. with the nut milks and flours...

396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

(454)

on June 08, 2011
at 05:08 AM

Hehe I think it's harder to moderate nut's than bacon two slices every other day or so... easy. Nuts every other day a bowl of walnuts, almonds, pecans, almond milk, raisins and cinnamon.... Mhmmm. good stuff. Cereal that wont kill you.

627cf3f5d1ddfb4c2f4c96169420f55f

(1621)

on June 13, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Shaun L - You eat those nuts every other day? That seems like a bit much. Nuts contain more phytic acid than grains and the omega 6 content is very inflammatory.

3
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:02 PM

I make my own bacon and other cured meats often. It seems lately that it's harder to find regular cured bacon. At Trader Joes all they have is so called "uncured bacon", which is actually cured with celery juice which has tons of nitrates in it. I don't like that kind as much so I started making my own.

Here is a good recipe:

http://homemadebacon.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/making-bacon-at-home-the-ruhlman-way/

Article about uncured bacon:

http://ruhlman.com/2011/05/the-no-nitrites-added-hoax/

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:38 AM

+1 for sharing recipes and info. Thanks!

3
44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:47 AM

I cant get good pork, so i dont use bacon at all, not a hard decision for me. If i had access to good well cared pork, i would cure some pork jowl myself (guanciale, better than bacon! Italians know;) http://mattikaarts.com/blog/charcuterie/home-cured-guanciale-is-finished/ Instead i pickle some small fish and use that as a tasty breakfast. And doesnt require cooking ;)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:05 PM

I'm a big fan of fish for breakfast! Do you mind sharing how you pickle it?

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:19 PM

I'd upvote this twice, if I could - thank you SO much for the link! I'd never thought to ask for the jowls of our pastured hogs before, but I will this time! WOW, that looks good!

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Yes please share!

2
3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on June 08, 2011
at 11:40 PM

Personally I prefer pork cracklings to bacon. Get some back fat, cut it into pieces about the length of a finger. Put them in a crock pot under low for 6 or more hours or until the lard is rendered out and you have wonderful crunchy pieces left...it's all fat, no meat, no sugar, no smoking, and the best food I have ever eaten. They need a little salt and that's all. I have them with eggs the same way as you might eat bacon...and of course you also have wonderful lard to use. Just make sure the fat is from pastured animals.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:41 AM

+1 for great info and teaching me something new and yummy to eat. Thanks!

2
396679d1e1357eb7e9397ca34c8773ea

on June 08, 2011
at 04:55 AM

I think most of us have our fling with bacon in the beginning of the paleo/primal lifestyle and slowly fade it out to healthy alternatives (much less dark chocolate covered bacon for instance. The sheer appeal of bacon is incredible but I do agree the more paleo I eat the saltier and less appealing bacon becomes, I'm not ready to throw it out yet but 2-3 times a week isn't terrible with it being a side and not the staple of my meals.

1
74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 23, 2011
at 11:22 PM

I enjoy the taste of bacon, and I have a jar of bacon grease that I use for cooking, but I don't eat it very often. It simply does not keep me full. I don't like being hungry, and I find that other cuts of meat or a few eggs goes further than bacon ever could. It's mighty tasty, but I don't ever eat more than a couple slices every few weeks in addition to other food because I'd be ravenous again not long after.

Plus, pigs are my favorite animal ever. I don't feel right eating it because, to me, it'd be like eating Fluffy or Fido. :)

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:47 AM

+1 for piggy love...and interesting about your experiencing bacon as not being as filling or satiating as other meats. You get *ravenous* soon after? I often eat about 5 pieces and it really does me well...

1
61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 23, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I love bacon, but I'm not much of a breakfast person (or having breakfast food for other meals person), so it's rare for me to eat lotsa bacon. If I do, it's usually a component of something else.

I love bacon on burgers and will fry up a few slices when making burgers, especially now that my burgers lack a bun, I like to add more calories to them. I consider bacon to be better than bread. 8)

One of my favorite ways to make chicken is wrapped in bacon. Chicken is very boring to me, but it's filling and pretty cheap, so I eat it. I make bacon-wrapped chicken rolls (chicken flattened, slathered with cheese and various spices, then rolled up with a piece of bacon) that are absolutely wonderful. Chicken kabobs with pepperoccini and bacon are also quite divine.

Mmm, I'm hungry...

1
9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 08, 2011
at 04:12 PM

Bacon has a lot of sodium, and the store-bought stuff has nitrates. Opinions about the effects of nitrates vary, though Sally Fallon from Weston Price calls them "powerful carcinogens".

Unfortunately, most nitrate-free bacon just doesn't taste the same, not sure if the nitrates have some flavor or if the manufacturers of nitrate-free bacon are just too wimpy to season it right, but it always tastes bland.

A little bit of bacon goes a long way, and if you're just having a few slices here and there it might not be worth worrying about. But some people talk about eating a pound of bacon per week... or per day... or per meal... and I think you're just loading yourself up with a lot of sodium and nitrates.

I don't worry about the sodium too much, but I think there is a difference between sprinkling some extra salt on your food and getting a huge dose of sodium snuck in processed foods. 6 slices of bacon has the same amount of sodium as a teaspoon of salt.

The same can generally be said of salami, pepperoni, and other processed/cured meats. There is some wholesome stuff out there without a lot of bad additives, but it is so much easier to make this kind of product with the nitrates that most manufacturers use them.

Really if you're looking for a healthy diet I would eat primarily other types of meat, prepared fresh, and simply cooked.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 08, 2011
at 04:39 PM

Real cured bacon always has sodium nitrate, curing salt is known as pink salt (which converts to nitrited in week or two of curing), you can not get the special cured bacony flavor without it. I think its just salt pork without the cure.

1
91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

on June 08, 2011
at 02:05 PM

We limit our bacon consumption because we only eat the stuff we get from our butcher, which is from pastured hogs and is cured only with salt and spices, then cold smoked. It tastes divine, but we only get so much when we order our hogs and it is quite expensive to purchase it from the butcher retail. Alas, we only indulge 2 or 3 times a month.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:40 AM

You have will power. My not-divine bacon tastes awfully good to me. I'd have a very hard time eating DIVINE bacon only 2-3X/mo!

1
27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on June 08, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Haven't eaten bacon once since going Paleo - or for a long time before that either. This turkey sausage recipe is much more my style:

Turkey or Pork Breakfast Sausages From - http://vibrantsexystrong.com/2011/01/21/recipe-breakfast-sausage/ Adapted from - http://cavemanfood.blogspot.com/2009/03/turkey-or-pork-breakfast-sausage.html Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground pork-
  • 1/2 tsp each: black pepper, cumin, ground ginger, nutmeg, oregano, red pepper flakes -
  • 1 tsp each: basil, sage, thyme-
  • 1 T onion flakes or 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt -
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Combine seasonings. Mix in egg and ground meat. Chill for an hour to allow flavors to meld. Shape into patties and cook up with olive oil on medium-high heat.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 24, 2011
at 05:42 AM

+1 for a new recipe I will try. Thanks!

0
5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on June 24, 2011
at 02:42 AM

I didn't used to eat bacon as much simply because it was messy and a pain to clean up after (in the frying pan). However, I eat it a lot more after discovering that cooking it in the oven is substantially cleaner, crispy like I like it, and FLAT (not all shrivelled and wrinkly).

0
9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 23, 2011
at 09:37 PM

I eat bacon mainly on the weekends, always from pastured pigs. I don't really like it that much. I prefer fresh belly braised in Asian spices. And I don't really like breakfast anyway. I mainly make it because it has a lot of calories and my boyfriend needs more food than I do. I'm personally more of a sausage person. I do find bacon is good as a seasoning on cobb salad though.

0
215d3126214343a5760316f195a06b97

on June 23, 2011
at 05:54 PM

I eat bacon 1-2 times a week. To answer your why- I have 6 kids, I can't afford to eat bacon everyday lol. If I could afford to eat it more often I'm not sure that I would. I had bacon grease pop up into my eye last week, that was not fun lol.

0
700d3c1b6f29528cd1e13efd76c8cd08

on June 23, 2011
at 05:39 PM

I have to disagree as well...with a couple things actually. You say that there are no vitamins or minerals in bacon? Well I would think again. Bacon contains nitrates (I dont care if its "Nitrate Free" or not because nitrate free is a lie) Nitrates are a vasodilator which increase blood flow and can help people with hypertension. Also, your body makes more nitrates than you ingest so no matter what you are getting nitrates. So for the "nitrate free" people if nitrates were bad, we wouldn't be able to swallow our own salive because it would be "bad". Also, if you think bacon (or pork) is from the devil, don't buy commercial crap. Go to your local farmer who raises them humanely. You will notice a difference in flavor immediately. Think I'm lying? do some research.

0
016f40cd12d4afd408b51d0b00ea6b67

on June 09, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I like bacon but I actually hardly have actual pork bacon, I personally prefer turkey bacon :) It's leaner in my opinion and doesn't taste as salty/fatty as regular bacon. I buy the Nitrate and Nitrite Free kind, may want to try that out.

0
26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on June 09, 2011
at 01:39 AM

I don't eat bacon that much, but I have nothing against it as a food. I am not fussed about the fatty acid balance in pork (I eat pork all the time), sodium, or nitrates. Bacon stinks up my apartment and my hair when I fry it up though, and smoke flavored lard doesn't taste any better than regular lard.

0
Medium avatar

on June 08, 2011
at 11:47 PM

I think it's actually not out of the realm of possibility for a person with a paleo-ish diet who only eats grass-fed beef to become deficient in omega-6 fatty acids. Steers, bison etc. have less omega 6 than deer, elk etc. I think it would have been unusual for HGs to only eat the flesh of one specific type of ruminant.

Personally, I noticed that I started to get dry skin from eating only pastured eggs and lamb all the time. I added in some chicken and bacon and it subsided.

0
66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:38 PM

We go through over a pound a week, mostly for breakfast, I get it from a local farmer, so I know what's in it. As for the omega-6 content if that is the only source of O-6's in one's diet I don't see much of an issue. I grew up on a farm, I remember helping to butcher pigs when I was 6 years old :)

0
8d1ce78fe7071f2f60fd59365bf21cfc

(580)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:53 AM

I like the taste of bacon, but I'm not having it regularly. It goes well with eggs but recently I've opted for preservative-free sausages to complement my weekend-breakfast platters, I think they CAN complete and omelet and grilled tomatoes etc. the same way bacon can. Bacon is basically impossible to get nitrate/preservative-free here.

I still eat it for example if I'm staying at a hotel and they serve bacon. Also, my father uses bacon in a lot of his chicken dishes. He's not eating paleo, but I've managed to get him to use close to paleo ingredients in his cooking when I visit. He might use cheese and plenty of heavy cream, but leaves out any sauces/ingredients with added sugar or MSG and does not use flour in his recipes etc etc.

0
8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 08, 2011
at 06:14 AM

I eat bacon about once a week. No real reason other than I eat it when I crave it and I crave it maybe once a week. But I eat pork nearly every day!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:40 PM

Five pounds a week in my house

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!