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  • Bacon recommendations?

    I notice that lots of you eat bacon. I confess I haven't eaten it in years and was looking for recommendations from people who know.

    I tried to google "healthy bacon," but as you might guess, I got lots of turkey bacon results, which I'm so not looking for.

    Gi'mme pork!

    Thanks in advance for any info.
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  • #2
    I get my pork from local sustainable farms who raise their pigs on pasture, and whose bacon is smoked but contains no nitrites/nitrates. Do you have a farm you deal with? You could check eatwild.com if interested.

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    • #3
      BJ's by me has some good, no nitrate bacon. I forget the name, however. Cheap too!

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      • #4
        I know that costco offers a nitrate free bacon as well as their normal kirkland bacon. I started with the no-nitrate costco bacon, but have recently switched to the regular bacon they offer.
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        • #5
          Bj's Wholesale has Applegate Farm's Sunday bacon, uncured. It's pretty good, though not as good as local stuff (much meatier, IMO).
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          • #6
            Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
            Bj's Wholesale has Applegate Farm's Sunday bacon, uncured. It's pretty good, though not as good as local stuff (much meatier, IMO).
            +1. I Always have applegate farms bacon and cold cuts on hand.

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            • #7
              I don't eat a ton of bacon, but Beeler's and Coleman Natural are the two best I've had.
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              • #8
                One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of "uncured" or "no nitrite added" bacon relies on celery juice/powder, which is full of naturally-occurring nitrate. For instance, "Applegate Farms" appears to be in the celery-juice category. There's also a debate over whether nitrates/nitrites are even harmful in the first place, but if you've decided to avoid them, you have to read labels very closely.
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                • #9
                  Thanks everyone!

                  I've written those brands down and will check to see if they're available here. I don't know any farmers, so that's not an option for me. No Costco warehouse within 275 miles and Costco.com doesn't have it.

                  Thanks again.

                  edited to add: Cantare, you were posting while I was composing. I read something like that at the Whole Foods website, but I'm guessing WF will charge a fortune for their bacon.

                  Also, if any of y'all have a Facebook account, apparently WFoods is having a contest where they're giving away bacon. I didn't save the link, but I'm sure it will turn up in any bacon/healthy search.
                  Last edited by JoanieL; 07-20-2012, 02:59 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cantare View Post
                    One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of "uncured" or "no nitrite added" bacon relies on celery juice/powder, which is full of naturally-occurring nitrate. For instance, "Applegate Farms" appears to be in the celery-juice category. There's also a debate over whether nitrates/nitrites are even harmful in the first place, but if you've decided to avoid them, you have to read labels very closely.
                    Thank you!

                    I hate being the only one that brings that up (constantly), but it's true. Most people seem to be fine with the nitrates/nitrites, though it's definitely still up for debate. Me? 3-day migraine if I have sodium nitrite, and every time I say anything, all I hear is how they bacon THEY buy doesn't have any. But then it turns out it does, but just in form of celery salt/juice/seed. Same thing, and possibly less regulated.

                    I do think US Wellness meats might have one type of bacon that REALLY doesn't have any at all, but I haven't actually tried it yet so I don't know for sure.
                    Durp.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah, that US Wellness stuff has me intrigued too, but haven't tried it yet either.

                      Sorry to hear about your horrible migraines! I used to have milder ones myself, but none at all since going Primal, so I guess my trigger isn't nitrate. Do you have to avoid celery as well, or only cured meat?
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                      • #12
                        If you eat greens at all, you're eating high amounts of nitrates. It's all good. Our organs just get rid of it AFAIK.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cantare View Post
                          Yeah, that US Wellness stuff has me intrigued too, but haven't tried it yet either.

                          Sorry to hear about your horrible migraines! I used to have milder ones myself, but none at all since going Primal, so I guess my trigger isn't nitrate. Do you have to avoid celery as well, or only cured meat?
                          I haven't had an issue with anything else yet, but I'm not a huge fan of celery or greens anyway, so I probably don't get enough exposure to do anything anyway.

                          I would think it was psychosomatic (lots of people think it is) but I've had some when I didn't know it, got the migraine, then found out later it was in there. Same thing with sulfites (like in wine, even if it's used in cooking).
                          Durp.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
                            If you eat greens at all, you're eating high amounts of nitrates. It's all good. Our organs just get rid of it AFAIK.
                            I think, in my case, it dilates my blood vessels too much, and then it starts a chain reaction of over compensating, then swinging back the other way, and ends in a horrible mess and a dark, quiet room.
                            Durp.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                              Bj's Wholesale has Applegate Farm's Sunday bacon, uncured. It's pretty good, though not as good as local stuff (much meatier, IMO).
                              +1 it's the best I have found. I eat their turkey lunch meat too sometimes for a snack...not bad if you don't mind the sodium

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