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    Stale Food vs Fresh Food

    Has anyone read "Stale Food vs Fresh Food" by Robert S. Ford?

    It's from 1969, but talks about the benefits of eating fresh food vs processed food. Mostly good stuff, except that he states bacon is bad due to its artery clogging properties.

    I live by bacon. I eat it as a snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mark has stated how he loves bacon, too.

    So, is bacon bad or not? Should I just not eat it everyday?

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    bacon = manna

    Just eat the good stuff, not the preserved crap...

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    Did you read The Bacon Bummer?

    Good quality bacon is a great tasting meat, but I only ever treat it as a condiment. I'll sprinkle bacon bits in my omelette, wrap my meatloaf in bacon and add a slice to a paleo burger. But it's never my main protein in any meal.
    "Thanks to the combination of meat, calcium-rich leaf foods, and a vigorous life, the early hunter-gatherers were robust, with strong skeletons, jaws, and teeth." - Harold McGee, On Food And Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

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    I agree. Bacon is a condiment. It is too processed to be a staple. I do love pastured pork and think pork belly is a little piece of fatty heaven, but beef, bison, game meat and fish are the best proteins in my opinion.

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    I get my uncured applewood smoked bacon from trader joes for breakfast every morning. I need something tasty to carry me through the day, but 2 packages of it last me the week. Once I finally lose the weight, I'll probably drop the bacon intake to about 1 package a week and focus more on grassfed beef.

    Calling it a condiment is an insult to it's tastiness .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpsjosh01 View Post

    Calling it a condiment is an insult to it's tastiness .
    LOL - that may actually be true. I'll refer to it as a supreme indulgence from now on

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    If you believe the press then eating a small amount of bacon every day (can't remeber how much) increases your chances of getting bowel cancer by 20%. Trouble is people do not know what this means and it looks like a frightening statistic. So to clear up these scaremongering statistics that the press band about I'll attempt to explain what they mean.

    You have absolute and relative figures. So if 1 in 100 people get bowel cancer thats 1% absolute risk. If something raises the risk so that 2 in 100 get bowel cancer that is a 2% risk. HOWEVER 2 is 100% more in relative terms than 1 which leads to ridiculous screaming headlines.

    so

    I eat bacon every day and have stopped reading the papers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcampas View Post
    If you believe the press then eating a small amount of bacon every day (can't remeber how much) increases your chances of getting bowel cancer by 20%. Trouble is people do not know what this means and it looks like a frightening statistic. So to clear up these scaremongering statistics that the press band about I'll attempt to explain what they mean.
    They also didn't mention what the bacon was eaten with -- a nest full of pastured eggs and some yummy vegetables? Or (more likely) pancakes, waffles, HFCS, or CAFO eggs from sick chickens...

    (I like bacon, but don't eat it much because of the sugar.)
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    LOL - that may actually be true. I'll refer to it as a supreme indulgence from now on
    Bacon, the supreme indulgence!

    In the mean time, I'm losing weight eating bacon every morning. I'm on such a tight budget I have to eat condiments in the morning. You guys forgive me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fpsjosh01 View Post
    Bacon, the supreme indulgence!

    In the mean time, I'm losing weight eating bacon every morning. I'm on such a tight budget I have to eat condiments in the morning. You guys forgive me?
    Certainly you should eat whatever works best for you and makes you happy....so I'm not suggesting you change anything. But bacon is far more expensive then a lot of other foods. You can buy good quality ground beef for $3/lb on sale and have a hamburger with your eggs in morning if you wanted. Or even pork chops can be found for less than bacon. You could even dress it up a little supreme indulgence if you wanted to

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