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Benefits of Bacon

In honor of a great friend who encouraged me to start my own blog site through my website, I am writing an article on the benefits of bacon.  This one’s for you, Liz!




I am an anomaly in my family – a half-Filipino mostly vegetarian, which in itself is a crime against my Filipino heritage, but I am what I am.  I don’t avoid meat for ethical reasons or for nutritional reasons – I honestly just don’t like the taste or the texture very much.  Some people don’t like eggplant; I don’t like meat – especially poultry and ground meat for some reason.  One of the only exceptions to this is bacon – I could eat bacon every day as long as it is cooked to the point that all the fat has melted off and it’s crispy (it’s a texture thing).  To justify this exception, I’m using this blog to list the nutritional benefits of bacon.  That’s right – there are benefits to indulging in bacon! 



  • Bacon from pastured pigs contains healthy saturated fat, one of the precursors needed to make hormones, including sex hormone and brain hormones that keep us feeling happy.
  • Bacon contains sodium, which is rapidly depleted when we’re under stress.  Sodium is so important to the adrenal glands (your stress response glands) that some physicians recommend drinking salt water each morning for adrenal support.
  • Bacon contains protein (about 11 grams of protein in 4 ounces of bacon), which is needed to build muscle.
  • Pork in general is a good source of B vitamins, which are needed for a healthy stress response and proper brain function. 
  • Meat from any pastured animal contains CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), which is a type of fat that promotes fat loss and muscle gain by helping cells become more sensitive to insulin.  Body builders actually take this in the form of an expensive supplement.  Why not get it from bacon and actually enjoy it?

Please keep in mind that I’m talking about nitrate-free bacon from pigs that have been raised on a balanced diet (containing a variety of foods, not just corn) and grew up in a healthy area (preferably in a field with room to run around, and not in a feed-lot).  Good things to look for on the label include such snippets as nitrate free, preservative free, free-range, grass-fed, pasture raised, and all-natural.  Any combination of the above works well; or even better – if you’ve got a farm nearby that raises hogs according to these standards, see if you can buy meat directly from them.


We’re also talking about moderation here – bacon has benefits, but any food eaten in excess may cause problems.  The key is balance!  And if bacon makes you happy, include it in your balancing act.


NOTE: Please talk to your physician before making any dietary or supplement changes.  This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.

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7 comments

1 Breakfast at the Grace house « living mindfully { 05.01.11 at 3:57 am }

[...] I see there are benefits of bacon when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, and I fry it up [...]

2 Bacon lover { 08.23.11 at 8:17 am }

Sweeeeeeeeet! I have to eat bacon each night for my low blood pressure plus I have low adrenal … And it helps make the sex hormone ….. Purr-fect!

3 KAREN WEINSTEN { 12.17.11 at 4:00 pm }

I cannot eat too much bacon thou I love it the taste, and nitrates make my blood pressure go way out. Can they make bacon fat free, no nitrates, not taliking about turkey bacon.

4 Jessica Stamm { 12.20.11 at 1:55 pm }

Nitrate-free bacon is readily available in the butcher or meat section of most health food stores. Fat-free bacon is another story! Bacon is very fatty cut of pork so its not really possible to make it fat-free but to reduce the fat you can find a local farmer that allows their pigs to run around – this will make the meat leaner in general. If you don’t know any farmers, read the back of the package at the health food store and look for the bacon with the most protein and the least fat per serving. Then cook it slowly over medium heat, draining off the fat as much as possible while cooking and allow it to drain onto paper towels after cooking to remove more fat. You’re still going to have a fatty piece of meat but if you can source bacon from a farm that feeds their pigs grass and allow them to graze freely, which makes the fat healthier than if the animal was only fed corn and other grains.

Alternatively, if you are just looking for something with a smokey, salty flavor without the high fat content then I would recommend trying wild salmon jerky.

5 Tom { 03.01.12 at 4:56 pm }

Hey would you mind posting your sources for this?

thanks!

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7 Jessica Stamm { 02.13.13 at 12:49 pm }

Hi Tom! Thanks for reading. I used the USDA food composition database for the basic nutritional profile info but here are some scientific articles on nutritional content of bacon from grassfed pigs as well as a few on CLA in general:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18820159
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18791155
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23271912
The Weston Price Foundation http://www.westonaprice.org is also a great resource for all things grass-fed and all things fatty.

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