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    The more I increase my bacon intake, the clearer my skin gets. Granted I'm also avoiding all the toxic oils and sugar and carbs in general most of the time. But, wow, a couple of days last week I looked almost like I'd never had acne in my life. Like those lucky, small-pored people who walk around all perfect and have no idea how nice it is to have flat, uniform skin. Yes, lots of green tea and green apples and turmeric and cumin, too, but I've been using those forever. This bacon is a new factor, I've never relied on it so heavily for caloric intake before. Beneficial! I don't want to go over three pounds a week, though, because it will displace variety and other meats. But if you've been dying for one more weapon in the redness/zit war, maybe a quality bacon should be in your arsenal. A pound is about 2500 calories, so make sure to add some eggs and greens, maybe an avocado, to help round out the micronutrients. But for a few days now, I've pretty much lived on bacon.
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    I never had bad skin but since primal it became clearer. I don't know ehy but I do have 1/3 pound of bacon almost everyday. Together with 4 eggsand and avocado and tomatoes
    well then

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    • #3
      For variety, try the bacon precursor: pork belly. It's good slow-cooked in the crockpot. The fattier pork roasts are also very tasty.
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      • #4
        Well, there IS a connection between gut health&insulin spikes to acne, and fat is good for both.
        I suspect going high carb is what's keeping me from getting that 100% clarity and perhaps more fat is the solution.
        Good thing avocados are back!
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        • #5
          All I had to do was reduce my carb intake, and I swear it takes off 5 years. Plus my (oily, super-sensitive) skin looks smooth and perfect and it's much less oily. I can actually make it through the day without having to wash and re-apply all my sliding-off makeup, or applying so much oil-absorbing powder that I look like a Kabuki actor. I'm sure much of it is directly related to hormones which are regulated by insulin.

          After you realize the effects of carbs on your skin, you start to see it in others. I remember meeting someone new at work and thinking 'wow- they must eat nothing but bread and pasta, it's written all over their face'. Certainly not everyone is susceptible to it, but others (myself included) are not so lucky. It's definitely one of the things that keeps me in check - I can see any bad behavior all over my face!

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          • #6
            IDK if it has to be bacon, but I find that the high fat ketogenic eating does great things for my skin. A vegetarian friend who I hadn't seen in a year or so told me the other day that it looked like I was glowing. I've totally stopped wearing makeup anymore.

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            • #7
              Bacon is very rich in omega 6 PUFA's. They're animal-based PUFAS - arachidonic acid - not the linoleic acid found in vegetable oils. Increasing animal-based PUFA intake at the expense of saturated fat makes your cells "stretchier," which is why cold-water fish contain high levels of PUFA. If their lipid profiles were highly saturated like beef or lamb, fish like salmon would literally freeze and be unable to be flexible in cold environments. Perhaps the increased animal-based PUFA is making your cells "slipperier" and increasing skin elasticity. It's possible. Salmon or fatty poultry could have an even greater effect. I've heard of people improving skin with high intakes of fatty fish and nuts at the expense of other forms of fats. YMMV.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                For variety, try the bacon precursor: pork belly. It's good slow-cooked in the crockpot. The fattier pork roasts are also very tasty.
                Droolz.

                I love me some pork belly.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                  IDK if it has to be bacon, but I find that the high fat ketogenic eating does great things for my skin. A vegetarian friend who I hadn't seen in a year or so told me the other day that it looked like I was glowing. I've totally stopped wearing makeup anymore.
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                  • #10
                    I think the sulphites in bacon give me a headache, and I assume they aren't that good for you in general...

                    I think my acne problem lies in my gut. I'm definatelly far from a low-carb diet... I need to eat lots of rice because of financial issues.

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                    • #11
                      I might be fooled, but I don't think my bacon has sulphites.
                      Crohn's, doing SCD

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
                        Bacon is very rich in omega 6 PUFA's. They're animal-based PUFAS - arachidonic acid - not the linoleic acid found in vegetable oils. Increasing animal-based PUFA intake at the expense of saturated fat makes your cells "stretchier," which is why cold-water fish contain high levels of PUFA. If their lipid profiles were highly saturated like beef or lamb, fish like salmon would literally freeze and be unable to be flexible in cold environments. Perhaps the increased animal-based PUFA is making your cells "slipperier" and increasing skin elasticity. It's possible. Salmon or fatty poultry could have an even greater effect. I've heard of people improving skin with high intakes of fatty fish and nuts at the expense of other forms of fats. YMMV.
                        does this apply to macadmia nuts as well?

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                        • #13
                          i dont know eating that much bacon per day= terrible ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Maybe the ratio is irrelevant to some?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tests View Post
                            i dont know eating that much bacon per day= terrible ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Maybe the ratio is irrelevant to some?
                            How can you know that? He could be eating some fish, or popping a few fish oil pills.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tests View Post
                              i dont know eating that much bacon per day= terrible ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. Maybe the ratio is irrelevant to some?
                              In the context of a primal diet where overall PUFA is kept low O6/O3 is no big deal. Yes, fairly irrelevant for anybody when we are talking about O6/O3 from a well sourced animal or nuts rather than rancid O6 from seed pressed oils. HUGE DIFFERENCE. Basically, as long as you are not eating large amounts rancid O6 oils and you eat about a pound of fatty fish a week your going to find you take care of that ratio with or without bacon. Besides that pork has a relatively bad rap for this, and mostly undeserved IMO.

                              Only 10% of bacons fat is PUFA (and this is conventional data). Almost half of its fat is MUFA with high oleic acid (that fat purported to improve lipid profiles and why everyone goes gaga over olive oil). "From a health standpoint, oleic acid exhibits further benefits. It has been shown to slow the development of heart disease, and promotes the production of antioxidants." Boom antioxidants! The rest is good ole natural saturated fat, and there is nothing wrong with that.

                              Bacon....superfood? YES!

                              I'm still waiting for the "Kraken index" thing to be put on the web. Would like to see his breakdown. I understand he put a lot of work into it. http://chriskresser.com/rhr-live-fro...ion-and-health
                              Last edited by Neckhammer; 10-23-2012, 11:35 AM.

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