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How much bacon is too much bacon?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

My family and I have been paleo/primal for a little over one year now and we feel great!

We love bacon, good bacon. We eat bacon about 3-5 times per week at breakfast. We buy our bacon from our local butcher, its made in-house without any added nitrites/nitrates, from naturally raised pork (no hormones, antibiotics etc...)

Is there such a thing as too much bacon?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on September 25, 2012
at 12:28 PM

didn't realise we had to laugh at dumb comments, my bad

B1c65edef6f7f9379c7a9272e30586da

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on September 25, 2012
at 10:30 AM

downvoted for humour fail :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on September 24, 2012
at 12:39 PM

would be a good idea to read the question before reading the answers - no?

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on September 24, 2012
at 12:38 PM

3-5 times per week - as per the original question

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on September 22, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Three to five pounds? :)

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(297)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

@MsDivine I wish I knew the answer to that question. All I know is that saturated fat should be considered the "staple fat", monounsaturated (e.g. from bacon and olive oil) is ok in moderation, and MCT oil is magic. :)

B6400137b7a50279de74a24a2e08ae7f

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on September 14, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Thanks for bringing this up. Had no idea this was Dave's take until I looked at his chart: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/proteins.png

81d5dcf5f86a8bd104a5955ac29fe832

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:24 PM

But what amount is considered 'consumed in high quantities'?

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I think there could be more bacon. Therefore, I deem this picture "not enough bacon".

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Similar to too much money, too much talent, or too much love...there is no such thing

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:54 PM

What is this "too much bacon" of which you speak?

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:03 PM

Similar to too much money, too much talent, or too much love...there is no such thing

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Cf458a6960715c6015e5324ef18a9350

on September 21, 2012
at 09:53 PM

The answer you seek is 23 pieces.

I once had 23 pieces of bacon for breakfast. That was too much bacon. I yarfed it up about 60 minutes later. :-P

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:40 PM

The "problems" associated with bacon:

My take: bacon is fine, it's not an optimal meat, but hardly harmful even in large doses.

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:41 PM

Is this too much bacon?

Nope. Still Looking

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I think there could be more bacon. Therefore, I deem this picture "not enough bacon".

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Ffff513ac686cd18c840ee12c79357ed

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:14 PM

It's too much when it starts to make you feel worse, not better.

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B6400137b7a50279de74a24a2e08ae7f

on September 14, 2012
at 10:08 PM

I have an autoimmune illness with gut inflammation, and digesting fats optimally has always been an issue. When I went 100%, the uptick in fats definitely gave me nausea. Allison Siebecker, ND, MSOM, LAC discusses this issue:

???Now, let me go back to that other one I wanted to mention for those with problems when starting Paleo, and that??s the problem with the fat digestion. The way you??ll notice this will be nausea, probably. You just felt like it was just too much fat [in your meal], or you might just feel too full. And this is really common. A lot of people who switch to Paleo, it can be a pretty radical dietary transition for a lot of people. And what you need to do here is just increase your fat slowly to give your body time to adapt its production of bile and fat-digesting enzymes.??? - http://paleosummit-src.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Dr-Allison-Siebecker-Paleo-Digestive-Troubleshooting.pdf

She suggests upping the fat slowly, which I plan to do by allocating to more fish & chicken

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:34 PM

I work for a woman who is 100 years old. She loves bacon and has been eating it almost every day for decades. A woman was curious about her longevity and asked if she ate a lot of fish. My employer said, no, she liked red meat.

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Probably depends on how much you're eating. 2 slices, 3-5x a week is different from 2 pounds, 3-5x a week.

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:54 PM

As long as it is the good stuff (like you're doing, local, organic, no added nitrites, etc.), then I think it is fine. Especially if you're eating a bigger variety of meat during the rest of the day (I think grass-fed beef, lamb, and fish are cited as the best choices)...

We generally eat bacon most mornings as well.

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E8fbc8067e64d0994aa70171601e68fd

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on September 14, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I'm just going to relay some hearsay from two sources I trust -- bacon is very high in monounsaturated fat which tends to cause inflammation if consumed in high quantities in proportion to saturated fat.

I have heard this both from Dave Asprey and from Kiefer, though only in conversation (not in writing).

I would love for someone to comment, clarify, debunk, etc.

E8fbc8067e64d0994aa70171601e68fd

(297)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

@MsDivine I wish I knew the answer to that question. All I know is that saturated fat should be considered the "staple fat", monounsaturated (e.g. from bacon and olive oil) is ok in moderation, and MCT oil is magic. :)

81d5dcf5f86a8bd104a5955ac29fe832

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on September 14, 2012
at 09:24 PM

But what amount is considered 'consumed in high quantities'?

B6400137b7a50279de74a24a2e08ae7f

(225)

on September 14, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Thanks for bringing this up. Had no idea this was Dave's take until I looked at his chart: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/proteins.png

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:03 PM

From the source you described...until you run out!

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87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

on September 14, 2012
at 02:49 PM

You can have too much of anything (including water). I don't know what the best amount is for bacon though, 3-5 seems ok to me.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on September 24, 2012
at 12:38 PM

3-5 times per week - as per the original question

8292546789ca48c32ead34c6e884d059

on September 22, 2012
at 12:10 AM

Three to five pounds? :)

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on September 25, 2012
at 12:28 PM

didn't realise we had to laugh at dumb comments, my bad

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on September 24, 2012
at 12:39 PM

would be a good idea to read the question before reading the answers - no?

B1c65edef6f7f9379c7a9272e30586da

(314)

on September 25, 2012
at 10:30 AM

downvoted for humour fail :)

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