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    Hello,

    I don't like the amount of sodium I am ingesting from eating so much bacon. (Yum.) Looking for an alternative. I know Applegate Farms makes a low-sodium bacon but I can't find it in my area (they only carry AF's standard bacon). There are standard bacon company offerings that are low-sodium but I am dubious as to the quality of the meat.

    I was thinking of trying to find a local farm that could sell me a bacon slab and then having a farm market smoke it for me.

    Or is there an easier option I am missing?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Just buy pork belly and eat it fresh. Or marinate it in whatever. Why are you worried about sodium? I worry most about the PUFA's in bacon and not at all about the sodium.
    The Champagne of Beards

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
      Just buy pork belly and eat it fresh. Or marinate it in whatever. Why are you worried about sodium? I worry most about the PUFA's in bacon and not at all about the sodium.
      I'm new to primal and between three of my new treats--bacon, pickles and olives--there is a LOT of sodium. If I can moderate it a little, I'd be happy. They are more or less the only processed foods that I am eating and I dislike added salt in my diet. (Happy to add my own!)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by abseven7 View Post
        I'm new to primal and between three of my new treats--bacon, pickles and olives--there is a LOT of sodium. If I can moderate it a little, I'd be happy. They are more or less the only processed foods that I am eating and I dislike added salt in my diet. (Happy to add my own!)
        You still didn't answer why you're worried about the sodium.
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          Because I start feeling shitty when I ingest a lot of sodium. It makes me super thirsty and I feel bloated.

          Yesterday the only processed foods I ate were bacon, one very small slice of prosciutto, two pickles and a tiny bit of mustard in my homemade dressing. Between that and the natural levels of sodium in my fresh veggies, meats, eggs and nuts, my sodium intake was 3400mg. That is in the American, boxed-food, SAD diet region!

          Mark advocates a balanced approach to sodium and I agree.
          Dear Mark: Salt and Blood Pressure | Mark's Daily Apple

          SO, I'd prefer a lower-sodium approach to bacon.

          The good news is I am working on some local sources of pastured pork and I can hopefully get it smoked to order!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by abseven7 View Post
            Mark advocates a balanced approach to sodium and I agree.
            Dear Mark: Salt and Blood Pressure | Mark's Daily Apple
            Originally posted by the link you provided
            Rather than obsess over the amount of salt in your diet, focus on eating enough potassium-rich foods, avoiding excessive fructose, and managing your stress. These will do more for your heart health, blood pressure, and overall enjoyment of life than measuring out 1/8 teaspoons of salt. You think calorie counting is bad? Try sodium ion counting!

            Avocados, sweet potatoes, chard, and most fruits are excellent sources of potassium. Work those things into your diet, if they fit your template.

            So’s meat, actually, particularly red meat. Just be sure to eat your meat closer to rare than not, as raw meat contains more potassium than cooked meat. And let your steak rest before slicing into it after cooking; the potassium’s (and flavor’s) all in the juice!

            Read more: Dear Mark: Salt and Blood Pressure | Mark's Daily Apple

            Originally posted by abseven7 View Post
            SO, I'd prefer a lower-sodium approach to bacon.

            The good news is I am working on some local sources of pastured pork and I can hopefully get it smoked to order!
            That's great news, actually. Pork that isn't local/pastured scares me worse than the other meats. Are you sure they'll be able to cure it with less salt?
            The Champagne of Beards

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            • #7
              Originally posted by abseven7 View Post

              SO, I'd prefer a lower-sodium approach to bacon.

              The good news is I am working on some local sources of pastured pork and I can hopefully get it smoked to order!
              In the meantime, maybe eat less bacon and pickles?
              Sandra
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              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

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              • #8
                Rinsing and drying the bacon, before cooking it, can remove some of the surface salt.

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                • #9
                  It makes me super thirsty and I feel bloated.

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                  • #10
                    The issue with uncured or low-sodium bacon is that it won't keep as well as traditionally cured bacon, curing being a form of preservation, after all. So treat it like fresh meat, not like cured meat.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                      Pork that isn't local/pastured scares me worse than the other meats. Are you sure they'll be able to cure it with less salt?
                      Hey Rich, yeah absolutely whenever possible I buy local & pastured meats. Pork is definitely harder to find than poultry, beef, veal, bison etc. so I'm happy to (maybe) have found a good source. (Pastured is one thing but local AND pastured? Not easy!)

                      Not sure if the smoking will work, but if so I'm hoping to have it zero salt! (Not sure how the taste will be.)

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                      • #12
                        great suggestion, thanks!
                        Originally posted by Rebecca M. View Post
                        Rinsing and drying the bacon, before cooking it, can remove some of the surface salt.

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                        • #13
                          good point, thanks!

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                          • #14
                            I can give you one huge reason why to eat low sodium, it's called kidney disease, which leads to ESRD, which stands for End Stage Renal Disease which then leads to kidney dialysis and everything that you take for granted in life such as eating whatever you like going to places whenever you want....ALL STOPS... High sodium and potassium leads to high blood pressure as well I can't eat peanut butter, chocolate , cheese, tomatoes, tomato sauce, caramel, just to name a few (all of the yummy foods) plus a dialysis patient has their blood cleaned between 3-4 hours a day 3 times a week for the rest of your life or until you get a kidney transplant it is very serious I know because I live this life and I want to spread the word and help as many people as I can please try to eat low salt your life will be so much better

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jillf2466 View Post
                              I can give you one huge reason why to eat low sodium, it's called kidney disease, which leads to ESRD, which stands for End Stage Renal Disease which then leads to kidney dialysis and everything that you take for granted in life such as eating whatever you like going to places whenever you want....ALL STOPS... High sodium and potassium leads to high blood pressure as well I can't eat peanut butter, chocolate , cheese, tomatoes, tomato sauce, caramel, just to name a few (all of the yummy foods) plus a dialysis patient has their blood cleaned between 3-4 hours a day 3 times a week for the rest of your life or until you get a kidney transplant it is very serious I know because I live this life and I want to spread the word and help as many people as I can please try to eat low salt your life will be so much better
                              BUT people eliminating junk food are on a low salt diet. They aren't eating hidden salts so a little salt here and there isn't going to hurt a healthy person on a healthy diet.

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