Many popular bloggers have been blogging about bacon recently. I decided to do a unique bacon post on my blog explaining 5 reasons why I limit my consumption to about 1 lb per month.
Here are my top 5 reasons that came to my mind today:
The last reason has to do with my mother and the bible.
I would personally rather eat avocado, macadamia nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc. I enjoy the taste just as much if not better and I personally believe that bacon is not very healthy. Is it bad? Not if you get true pastured bacon from a local farmers market. But, this is tough to come by.
I used to buy my pastured bacon from Rakowski farm here in GR, MI. I stoppe because it was too salty for me. I now buy it from Crane Dance Farm and love it. But I only treat myself once per month.
It seems as if many people in the primal/paleo community enjoy bacon daily or at least every other day. I am not so sure if this is the greatest idea. It would be ok temporarily but not for years and years.
What do you guys think?
You kiddin' me? We MAKE our own bacon, that's how much we love it. There are soooo many ways to flavor it, from smoking to maple syrup to juniper berries and garlic and bay leaves. And making our own, we control how much salt goes in, and whether to put any nitrates in the rub (depends on how long it has to last; for our own use, none).
And like Jerry (well, probably Robert Hunter) said, "A friend of the devil is a friend of mine." ;D
I do not eat bacon regularly.
I can't find really good bacon without going out of my way. So its inconvenient.
I just don't see it as good quality fuel. I share the whole30 take on it: use it as a tasty condiment, don't consider it fuel for good, hard living. Too little protein, too much fat, for most pigs prolly a higher-than-optimal omega six load, for most versions it'll have too many ingredients.
Stuff tastes wickedly good, though.
I agree that most regular bacon, not just store bought, is loaded with more bad than good, but I love my side pork(from happy, healthy pigs- no feedlot meat for me). I fry it up and sprinkle a little tamari- can make it as salty or not as we like and none of the yuckies. Feels good too. And I think that's what's important. I always feel like my body is getting something it really needs and wants when I'm able to use lard or bacon drippings at will. That said- everything in moderation, including nuts ;).
I make my own bacon and other cured meats often. It seems lately that it's harder to find regular cured bacon. At Trader Joes all they have is so called "uncured bacon", which is actually cured with celery juice which has tons of nitrates in it. I don't like that kind as much so I started making my own.
Here is a good recipe:
Article about uncured bacon:
I cant get good pork, so i dont use bacon at all, not a hard decision for me. If i had access to good well cared pork, i would cure some pork jowl myself (guanciale, better than bacon! Italians know;) http://mattikaarts.com/blog/charcuterie/home-cured-guanciale-is-finished/ Instead i pickle some small fish and use that as a tasty breakfast. And doesnt require cooking ;)
I think most of us have our fling with bacon in the beginning of the paleo/primal lifestyle and slowly fade it out to healthy alternatives (much less dark chocolate covered bacon for instance. The sheer appeal of bacon is incredible but I do agree the more paleo I eat the saltier and less appealing bacon becomes, I'm not ready to throw it out yet but 2-3 times a week isn't terrible with it being a side and not the staple of my meals.
Personally I prefer pork cracklings to bacon. Get some back fat, cut it into pieces about the length of a finger. Put them in a crock pot under low for 6 or more hours or until the lard is rendered out and you have wonderful crunchy pieces left...it's all fat, no meat, no sugar, no smoking, and the best food I have ever eaten. They need a little salt and that's all. I have them with eggs the same way as you might eat bacon...and of course you also have wonderful lard to use. Just make sure the fat is from pastured animals.
Haven't eaten bacon once since going Paleo - or for a long time before that either. This turkey sausage recipe is much more my style:
Turkey or Pork Breakfast Sausages From - http://vibrantsexystrong.com/2011/01/21/recipe-breakfast-sausage/ Adapted from - http://cavemanfood.blogspot.com/2009/03/turkey-or-pork-breakfast-sausage.html Ingredients
Combine seasonings. Mix in egg and ground meat. Chill for an hour to allow flavors to meld. Shape into patties and cook up with olive oil on medium-high heat.
We limit our bacon consumption because we only eat the stuff we get from our butcher, which is from pastured hogs and is cured only with salt and spices, then cold smoked. It tastes divine, but we only get so much when we order our hogs and it is quite expensive to purchase it from the butcher retail. Alas, we only indulge 2 or 3 times a month.