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Bacon!! To eat or not to eat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Hi guys! I was wondering about bacon! It's clearly something a lot of people who eat paleo eat! Is there a certain type to eat/not eat?? And presumably it's best to not eat too regularly or is that mainly up to how much you feel is enough?

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on May 22, 2013
at 03:42 PM

To be fair it's the internet and you can choose any name you darn well please.

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:56 AM

Yes I'm sure your right lol!

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 22, 2013
at 02:31 AM

pahaha. i felt so bad for my mom on mother's day. we had a brunch at our house and she splurged on 4 packages of bacon for everyone. she decided to bake them so they'd all be done at the same time in stead of frying to order. she ended up forgetting about them and when she finally opened the oven door, they were all black. that was the saddest bacon experience i've ever seen.

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Every time I get a TJ gift card another pig gets its wings...the ultimate bacon, but spendy....

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on May 21, 2013
at 10:53 PM

yeah evidentialllly so .. lol :P

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on May 21, 2013
at 10:25 PM

Well lol I can't change my name haha!! Must be popular for a reason eh?! :)

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on May 21, 2013
at 10:22 PM

wow.. ryans a popular name..everyday theres like .. 3 new ryans joining here. holy moley

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Nitrate/nitrite-free is a gimmick, don't bother. A little sugar for the cure, completely fine! It's much more important that the actual meat be good quality, rather than focusing excessively on the cure used.

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on May 22, 2013
at 02:00 AM

Ideally you want organic bacon from pasture raised pigs. That said, I can't find it so whatever. I work an extremely active job so I eat literally a pack of bacon a day lol.

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 21, 2013
at 11:07 PM

i just get mine at trader joe's. it has no nitrates and is uncured, but it does have a little evaporated cane juice. i've seen ones without it online but it's like $16 a pack compared to $5 at trader joe's.

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on May 22, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Every time I get a TJ gift card another pig gets its wings...the ultimate bacon, but spendy....

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 22, 2013
at 02:31 AM

pahaha. i felt so bad for my mom on mother's day. we had a brunch at our house and she splurged on 4 packages of bacon for everyone. she decided to bake them so they'd all be done at the same time in stead of frying to order. she ended up forgetting about them and when she finally opened the oven door, they were all black. that was the saddest bacon experience i've ever seen.

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on May 22, 2013
at 12:51 AM

Be careful, it can make you feel something like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=-dJolYw8tnk

Just eat what you want, pork fears are over rated. Only thing I'd suggest is to get it from a good source.

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on May 22, 2013
at 12:32 AM

Nitrate free bacon fried in coconut oil or something similar should be okay to eat regularly... but there are differing opinions so it really depends on how it makes you feel (Probably LIKE A CHAMPION!).

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:58 AM

In Cordain???s first book, he said that bacon and ham should not used in paleo diet but now something a little bit changed now we can eat bacon with eggs but you should eat nitrate free bacon.

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on July 15, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I get Uncured, sugar free pastured bacon and my farmers market I eat roughly 1-1.2 lbs a week but at 10$ per 12 oz its expensive

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on July 15, 2013
at 10:49 PM

I think I just perfected my bacon technique.

http://www.englishbreakfastsociety.com/back_bacon/

The streaky bacon that the Americans love is pork ‘belly’ cut from the fat streaked padding on the side of the pig, in the USA this kind of bacon is practically part of their staple diet and a national obsession. Americans love bacon but they take the fast food approach to producing bacon.

In Canada they do things slightly more to our taste, but they do still get it a little wrong. They typically make their bacon from the loin of the pig, the loin is a lean medallion of meat containing little fat and providing glorious rounded slices of lean bacon which, although very tasty, falls short of what bacon can be when at its best.

British back bacon is kind of a combination of both pork belly and pork loin in one beautiful cut, the rounded lean bit on a rasher (slice) of back bacon is the pork loin and the fatty streaky bit attached to it is the pork belly, its a traditional cut and pigs are bred specifically for the purpose in order to produce perfect back bacon cuts.

You want British back bacon cooked on an inclined foreman grill. I think this brings the crispiness up, while maintaining temperature control through nice grill marks, and I think this particular cut has a healthier protein/fat ratio (further leaned out by the incline) and better flavor.

Afterward, the grill plates pop off and go in the sink/dishwasher.. quick / easy cleanup.

http://i.imgur.com/m2ulh0f.jpg -- Bomb dot com.

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:55 AM

Thanks guys! It's good to find out about these things!

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