I don't think bacon is necessarily bad for you, but I don't think it's good for you, either. It's very low in nutrients and has little antioxidant activity...it's pretty close to empty fat, so it's great for slowing or reversing weight loss with little health benefits.
However, it also tastes phenomenal and a little goes a long way. 3 or 4 bacon strips in a whole pot of chili won't add much to the caloric content per serving, but it'll add loads of flavor. I avoid bacon as a staple, but I embrace it as a topping.
In general, cured meats probably aren't as healthy as fresh meats. EXCEPT PORK. Fresh pork is IMO one of the only unhealthy meats, and I've cut my pork consumption to near zero these days. Remember, pork is so popular in America because it was so easy to cure and store before refrigeration - traditional pork consumption is generally cured, not fresh. Fresh pork, even pastured, tends to coagulate the blood similar to a virus, and many diseases that infect pigs also infect humans since our flesh is so similar. I would much rather eat ham and bacon than fresh pork chops or ribs. On the occasions you do make fresh pork, submerge it in vinegar the day before. That seems to stop to blood coagulation. Curing will also stop the coagulation process and will kill any parasites in the pork.
Here is your blood:
Here is your blood on fresh, pastured pork:
Here is your blood on fresh, pastured pork after being marinated in vinegar, completely submerged, for 24 hours:
Here is your blood on bacon:
Here is your blood on proscuitto:
Here is your blood on fresh lamb:
Pork is the one meat we probably shouldn't be eating raw and untreated. I have a conspiracy theory in my head that human bodies don't process fresh pork well because the flesh is so similar to ours that it confuses it with cannibalism...but maybe that's me being irrational and crazy. Perhaps pork contains some yet undiscovered anti-nutrient or toxin that heat does not kill but acids and curing salts do? Hmmm...
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 03-07-2013 at 10:42 AM.
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