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Someone Tell me Spam is good for you...?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 10, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Ok I am kidding but I'm wondering if Spam is really much worse than bacon? I am in the bacon is awesome camp (in moderation) and enjoy it a handful of times a week. That said I love Spam with breakfast. You think mixing Spam in here and there would make that much of a difference over consuming bacon? I've always assumed it was really bad for you with tons of ingredients but it isn't too far off from bacon really. Ingredients below. I'm assuming the big dif is that Spam contains a lot more ground up misc pork parts whereas bacon is cut from the pig so you have a better idea of what parts you're getting? Thoughts?

SPAM: Ham, pork, sugar, salt, water, potato starch & sodium nitrate.

BACON: pork, water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate, sodium nitrite.

4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

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on February 12, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Dang. Just looked at the package on the nitrate/nitrite free bacon in my frig and it has turbinado sugar. No "natural flavoring," but has seasoned with celery, which has some naturally occurring MSG. I think I can get Applegate in the same store, at approximately twice the price :(

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:52 AM

Mmmm spam maki...

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on February 11, 2013
at 06:15 AM

You should see the chemical make-up of your own blood. :/

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on February 11, 2013
at 04:08 AM

But the cure has scary chemical-sounding names!!!

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:50 AM

I was out of almond meal which I usually use for a binder in meatballs and meatloaf, figured I'd try potato starch and it worked quite well!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on February 11, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Cracking me up. I'm totally going to put potato starch in my next batch of meatballs and see what happens!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 11, 2013
at 02:37 AM

What's unpaleo about those bacon ingredients? Just pork, salts and cure...

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:08 AM

Bacon with those ingredients wouldn't be considered acceptable by the paleo sect of the bacon-is-awesome camp. I don't posit that one needs to spend $15/lb on free range bacon, but at least buy naturally preserved stuff.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:46 AM

I'm very tempted to make Spam from scratch knowing that the secret ingredient is simply potato starch. In fact I made some meat balls the other day with potato starch and they had a oddly familiar texture that I couldn't put my finger on. Now I realise it was spam. :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 11, 2013
at 03:50 AM

I was out of almond meal which I usually use for a binder in meatballs and meatloaf, figured I'd try potato starch and it worked quite well!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 11, 2013
at 02:54 AM

Cracking me up. I'm totally going to put potato starch in my next batch of meatballs and see what happens!

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:59 PM

I think the major argument against Spam is "what pigs went into this stuff?" Bacon comes from one single pig, where Spam is made from commodity ground pork.

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on February 11, 2013
at 02:34 AM

SPAM comes in a can, not sure if it is BPA free. Any canned meat is not allowed on a SCD diet for a reason. Plus, it is processed. It has a preservative. Where our bodies actually make sodium nitrite, that form cannot be bad for us, but the one artificially made...

So I highly doubt SPAM is healthy. What's wrong with rare grass-fed steak?

Or, and ask Dr. Lustig about the benefits of sugar.

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:34 AM

I would be extremely cautious when eating bacon. where I live 99% of the processed meats have corn syrup and 'natural flavoring' which is a code word for for MSG, a neurotoxin. Applegate is a good brand though :)

4debe57f81d507bcb844f10b2ef38a83

(398)

on February 12, 2013
at 05:07 PM

Dang. Just looked at the package on the nitrate/nitrite free bacon in my frig and it has turbinado sugar. No "natural flavoring," but has seasoned with celery, which has some naturally occurring MSG. I think I can get Applegate in the same store, at approximately twice the price :(

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5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:02 AM

Well, if it's not a staple of your diet... you could be eating worse things.

I doubt you'll ever find "grass-fed Spam" anyways. ;)

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on February 11, 2013
at 12:33 AM

I have totally had the same thought! I mean, compared to questionable breakfast sausage and other processed meats, I am pretty sure SPAM is alright...and so tasty!

This also cracked me up:

http://douglassreport.com/2004/11/23/healthy-benefits-of-spam/

I vote yes to spam! :P

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