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I just eat the freakin' bacon. I already eat ZERO grains, I'm not going to stress myself out and limit my options even further by nit-picking my bacon.
Totally agree. I get a pack of bacon maybe once a month (probably less), so I don't sweat it at all. Many vegetables have more nitrates than bacon. And the amount of sugar added to bacon is almost always minimal. Chill out and enjoy it on occasion.
wait so everyone here, that speak so highly of bacon speak only of uncured bacon? but most stores sell the cured one, no?
im not sure i can even find uncured bacon here in israel...does it mean i shouldnt eat bacon daily?
No, most people are talking about regular bacon. Bacon is the junk food of the Primal world. It's not nearly as bad as a grilled cheese sandwich fried in margarine, don't get me wrong, but it's not good for you. Bacon is kind of like this misleading mascot to get people on the bandwagon IMO. Everyone seems to love bacon, so people are lead into this lifestyle by promises of lots and lots of bacon. And it can be good, because replacing donuts and french fries with bacon is a huge step in the right direction. The concern begins when people start thinking that bacon is actually healthy. It's loaded with PUFA's, they're almost entirely omega 6, it's full of salt and nitrates...it's not exactly good stuff. The occasional pack of bacon, stick of pepperoni or hot dog isn't going to kill you and is a sensible indulgence and will work in a pinch if you must, but to make it a dietary staple because you think it's nutritious is a mistake.
Uncured bacon is better since it doesn't have nitrates, but it's still loaded with a lot of omega 6.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
Yeah, compared to beef, it's pretty high. But it's lower than poultry and much lower than nuts.
I also have heard that salt isn't such a huge health concern and that vegetables have more nitrates in them than bacon. Although I guess the "bad stuff" happens when those nitrates are cooked and form nitrite compounds with the proteins in bacon.
I agree that bacon should be viewed as a treat, not seen as a staple, and be eaten in moderation. I also agree that it's used as a "stick it to the man" type thing sometimes so we can all proclaim that high-fat foods are awesome and CW nutrition is all wrong. Anyway, just my two cents.
[...bacon in general...], but it's still loaded with a lot of omega 6.
Its all in the preparation. I bake my bacon in the oven over a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet. The PUFAs liquify and melt off, leaving the non-PUFA fats in the bacon.
Since Mark posted the article indicating that there are less nitrites in bacon than many vegetables we eat, I stopped worrying about nitrites.
Salt? Didn't you hear salt isn't bad for you anymore? Besides, I need to get salt on my diet *somehow*. I don't eat processed foods anymore so there are really precious few avenues for getting sodium in my diet. I don't see how anyone eating Primal can get excessive salt in their diet...
i think people overlook two things with bacon..firstly if anyones ever really looked up on nitrates theres alot saying there not as bad as we believe they are..veggies actually contain loads more! and if you are eating very primal your sodium levels will be low so the salt in bacon isnt rlly an issue unless youre super sensitive to sodium...as for the pufas...fish oil my friend fish oil
uncured bacon is not bacon...it tastes like pork chop. It's the "processing" that makes it taste like....bacon! We eat it a couple times a week, usually chopped up and cooked with veggies. Used four strips last night to make with some okra...delish! And better than breaded and fried okra. I'm not going to worry about 2-4 strips of bacon per person per week. Seriously.
We also eat sausage..either from Whole Foods where they list the ingredients at the meat counter or from a local pork producer that has THE BEST pork I've ever tasted. They also list ingredients. Some have sugar, but, meh...we don't eat enough of it to be too concerned.
I do also use kielbasa every couple weeks which I'm sure is horrifyingly non-primal...but sometimes you just gotta get a meal on the table.
If you have to eat nitrate/nitrite bacon, eat it with something that contains vitamin C. I remember reading in one of Mark's posts that vitamin C somehow negates the whole carcinogenic effect of nitrates.
And bacon is not junk food. Blasphemy. If you're buying the right kind, it's fine if you're not subsisting solely on bacon. Which is tempting.