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Can I eat bacon and eggs for breakfast every day?

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Created August 02, 2012 at 2:01 AM

I just learned about paleo via Robb Wolf on Joe Rogan's podcast.

What sold me is bacon & eggs for breakfast every day, and the idea of aligning your hormones for the day.

I'm not trying to lose weight. So what I just did (day 1) is cook bacon, then scramble the eggs in the grease PLUS butter.

Is this actually OK or am I just tripping?

UPDATE: 5 months later and I have spent at least 90 days eating bacon and eggs for breakfast (4 slices of bacon, eggs scrambled in fat). I've tried other stuff, and at least for me this breakfast makes me feel better than almost anything else and it carries throughout the day (and I usually have a coffee too).

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Dang there go the hash browns and the bacon too. Down to just eggs.

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41442 · January 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

If it's not optimal, it's faileo.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Free range is just way to say grass lot. We're talking commercial pork not wild boars.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

I didn't think it was a proper pig unless it wallowed in feces. Kind of a basting sauce.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:51 AM

You could, but what would be the point?

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM

I'm sorry to hear that my life is suboptimal because of my choice of which bacon and eggs I eat. Obviously I'll have to relocate closer to a Whole Foods.

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41442 · January 15, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Awesome update, Pin!

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243 · January 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Isn't free range a grab word? As far as I can figure, you need to look for anti-biotic and hormone free chicken eggs in addition to free range (and possibly organic?)

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243 · January 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Pigs graze? There's such a thing as grass-fed bacon?

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

One more comment (sorry)! I eat three pastured eggs a day. My cholesterol is on the low side of normal.

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Chelsea's right though--you need cholesterol. Among other things, you can't make vitamin D from sunlight without it.

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Actually your body does produce cholesterol. It determines how much cholesterol is needed, notes how much you are taking in, and ratchets up or down the endogenous production accordingly. For that reason, the amount of cholesterol you eat has basically no effect on the total amount of cholesterol in your body. I suppose you could drive it up if you ate a dozen eggs a day and overwhelmed your body's own production, but otherwise, don't sweat it.

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3043 · January 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

News flash, your body doesn't produce cholesterol. It is a vital nutrient, just like iron, magnesium, b12 etc.

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2387 · August 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Don't worry about nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, it rarely exists. Nearly all bacon labeled nitrate-free has as much or more nitrates/nitrites than standard bacon. THis is because, in the USA, they can use celery juice/salts to provide nitr*s without otherwise saying it has it. I am sure in China, there are no labels at all, but don't worry about it. There are more nitrates/nitrates in many vegetables than bacon.

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2387 · August 02, 2012 at 5:28 PM

No its not. Scrambling the eggs is heresy. the Yolk needs to be lightly warmed and dripping all over the bacon which you use to soak it up. Not joking, treasure your eggs yolks. Way more paleo that way.

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20411 · August 02, 2012 at 1:00 PM

You are not tripping.

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20411 · August 02, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Which is worse? The feces or the hot pockets?

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2328 · August 02, 2012 at 2:54 AM

the ironic thing is, depending on how far down the paleo rabbit hole you decide to go, breakfast may go back off the menu. (see intermittent fasting).

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104 · August 02, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Awesome. I did do the research but was unable to find nitrate-free, excellent bacon at my market (I live in China), I'm going to do a more comprehensive search. But I'm coming from NO breakfast, so hopefully this will be an improvement. Thanks a lot guys.

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10653 · August 02, 2012 at 2:43 AM

I don't know, *CAN* you? Sarcasm aside, yes, this is my breakfast maybe 4-5 days of the week. I use Applegate Farms organic Sunday Bacon, Chino Valley Ranchers soy-free/cage-free/omega-3 eggs cooked in Purity Farms organic ghee. And since I ain't afraid of no carbs, I cook up some Yukon gold potatoes in the bacon grease.

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1230 · August 02, 2012 at 2:42 AM

Good question! This is how I sell Paleo to noobs. Well that or steak and eggs, steak and lobster tail, or saying things like "That's good but it would be better if you put a fried egg on it".

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41442 · August 02, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Haha, I know I know, which is why I said it was fine twice! I'm certainly over my case of perfection-impeding-progress, eat your bacon and eggs, Pin!

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2328 · August 02, 2012 at 2:13 AM

don't scare him away yet it's his first day lol

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41442 · August 02, 2012 at 2:07 AM

Sounds fine. But I'm sure folks are going to rain on your bacon and eggs parade. So I'll beat them to it...

1) Are you eggs pastured? If not, it's suboptimal. 2) Is your bacon from a good source? Do the pigs forage? Have deep bedding? No preventative antibiotics? If not, it's suboptimal. 3) Is your bacon nitrate/nitrite-free? If not, you could form nitrosamines (carcinogens) during cooking. Again, sub-optimal.

In other words, bacon and eggs is a fine breakfast, perhaps even daily. Quality of food is important, consider your options.

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41442 · January 15, 2013 at 3:31 AM

If it's not optimal, it's faileo.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:49 AM

I'm sorry to hear that my life is suboptimal because of my choice of which bacon and eggs I eat. Obviously I'll have to relocate closer to a Whole Foods.

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2387 · August 02, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Don't worry about nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, it rarely exists. Nearly all bacon labeled nitrate-free has as much or more nitrates/nitrites than standard bacon. THis is because, in the USA, they can use celery juice/salts to provide nitr*s without otherwise saying it has it. I am sure in China, there are no labels at all, but don't worry about it. There are more nitrates/nitrates in many vegetables than bacon.

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2328 · August 02, 2012 at 2:54 AM

the ironic thing is, depending on how far down the paleo rabbit hole you decide to go, breakfast may go back off the menu. (see intermittent fasting).

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104 · August 02, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Awesome. I did do the research but was unable to find nitrate-free, excellent bacon at my market (I live in China), I'm going to do a more comprehensive search. But I'm coming from NO breakfast, so hopefully this will be an improvement. Thanks a lot guys.

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41442 · August 02, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Haha, I know I know, which is why I said it was fine twice! I'm certainly over my case of perfection-impeding-progress, eat your bacon and eggs, Pin!

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2328 · August 02, 2012 at 2:13 AM

don't scare him away yet it's his first day lol

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2328 · August 02, 2012 at 2:04 AM

short answer: yes. longer answer: definitely.

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2409 · August 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM

When I run out of bacon I use smoked salmon. Then I buy more bacon.

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3794 · August 02, 2012 at 2:05 AM

I do. Not dead yet.

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370 · August 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM

It's what I eat literally every morning. I cook the eggs in the bacon fat, as well as sautee some peppers/onions/handful of ground hamburger in the fat as well, then pair with some fresh fruit. Like others have said, I use omega-3 eggs and nitrate-free/grass fed bacon. It's a bit more expensive that the typical drudge you'd buy at Wal-Fart, but you can taste the difference, and you feel good knowing you're putting quality food into your body and not bacon that was likely fed a diet of feces and hot pockets up until slaughter.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:53 AM

I didn't think it was a proper pig unless it wallowed in feces. Kind of a basting sauce.

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243 · January 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Pigs graze? There's such a thing as grass-fed bacon?

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20411 · August 02, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Which is worse? The feces or the hot pockets?

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3432 · January 11, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I think, just like all the other 'is it OK to eat this?' questions, the rest of your diet is really the determining factor.

I have recently learned that yolks may become oxidized, comparably less healthy, the more they're exposed during the cooking process. Therefore, hard- or soft-boiled is optimal, poached or fried with unbroken yolk is second, while scrambled is least optimal.

Also, the quality of your bacon & eggs will make this breakfast more or less healthy...

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30 · August 02, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You can eat them, but unprocessed and without starchy foods.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Dang there go the hash browns and the bacon too. Down to just eggs.

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0 · May 22, 2013 at 5:23 PM

There is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Cholesterol in eggs are good for you. Bacon has good and bad. I just started paleo and eat half a sirloin steak with a two egg omelet stuffed to the brim with spinach and eggs an a handful of cherries every morning. Big change, considering I just stopped being a vegetarian. Trying to see which makes Me feel better. I have to say that my skin doesn't look as nice on meat, by my energy levels have spiked. Switched over because I'm having episodic symptoms of ms. Need to get in with a neurologist this week.

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100 · April 25, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Eggs and bacon

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eggs and Japanese Sweet Potato hash

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118 · April 25, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Yessir! 4 eggs and 1/3lb of bacon every morning keeps me going. throw it all in the pan and scramble it all up. if no bacon, leftover steak cut up and put in with eggs. breakfast is the best!

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0 · April 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

You kidding, guys? You are on a PALEO website, how could you valorize something like vegetarianism or hypocalorical diets?!

As long as there is fruit/vegetable along with your bacon & eggs, it's paleo acceptable.

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0 · April 08, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Here's some of the latest research: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2013/03March/Pages/Diet-high-in-processed-meat-threatens-health.aspx Bacon is certainly off my list of regular foods.

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0 · January 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

U need cholesterol for nerve conduction.

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0 · January 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

strong text My grandfather ate eggs and bacon everyday growing up. And he lived to be 102. And never had health problems.

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65 · January 15, 2013 at 3:16 AM

My main concern with the eggs and bacon breakfast is about egg white intolerance, which seem common when eaten on a regular basis. Why not rotate bacon and eggs with salmon and red meats, to get a good dopamine/acetylcholine boost for the day, while staying away from possible egg white intolerance ?

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1032 · August 02, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I do, but as others have indicated I use free-range eggs and free-range bacon which means both are marginally more expensive than supermarket grade, but I can taste the difference and free-range is better. Not sure if my bacon is nitrate free though, however I cook it in lard and on low heat to avoid too much charcoal forming. I also have half an avocado, or spinach and mushrooms.

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10176 · January 15, 2013 at 2:55 AM

Free range is just way to say grass lot. We're talking commercial pork not wild boars.

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243 · January 11, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Isn't free range a grab word? As far as I can figure, you need to look for anti-biotic and hormone free chicken eggs in addition to free range (and possibly organic?)

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78417 · January 15, 2013 at 6:10 AM

eggs and bacon are bad for you. humans are supposed to vegetarians. eat some waffles and kool aid. grease and oil and fat is icky and bad for your arteries. dont you know that by now? my doc told me this and i eat pancakes waffles and rick crispies and feel better now.

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-10 · January 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Have you ever heard of cholesterol ? Egg yoks and bacon are full of it. 6 eggs a week max, bacon is even worse. I don't know if you can eat that everyday (i doubt you just eat one egg per breakfast) but you have to balance the cholesterol you take with all meals of the day. Be careful, seriously.

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

One more comment (sorry)! I eat three pastured eggs a day. My cholesterol is on the low side of normal.

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Chelsea's right though--you need cholesterol. Among other things, you can't make vitamin D from sunlight without it.

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160 · January 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Actually your body does produce cholesterol. It determines how much cholesterol is needed, notes how much you are taking in, and ratchets up or down the endogenous production accordingly. For that reason, the amount of cholesterol you eat has basically no effect on the total amount of cholesterol in your body. I suppose you could drive it up if you ate a dozen eggs a day and overwhelmed your body's own production, but otherwise, don't sweat it.

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3043 · January 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM

News flash, your body doesn't produce cholesterol. It is a vital nutrient, just like iron, magnesium, b12 etc.

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