Obviously I'm wary about eating anything prepacked/preserved, but this was like two bucks and could come in handy during dire straits.
I know it's from an industrialized, sad, feedlot animal BUT sometimes that's the best I can do. I'm wondering more about the ingredients: cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrate.
Other than sugar and nitrates (again, I know this isn't ideal food) does anything else look particularly dangerous?
The only real problem with it is the somewhat high levels of linoleic acid in bacon, but that's true of all pork. Nitrates are not a problem - you would get more from a stalk of celery than a pack of bacon. The rest of the ingredients are not a problem in the amounts you would get - but I wouldn't recommend eating a lot of it. Tyson does suck as a company, but so does ADM. And Monsanto seems especially evilz.
I really wouldn't worry about it. I take the approach of making small changes over time that add up to better food quality. For example, I have sources for pastured chicken eggs direct from farmers whose farms I've been to (and other farmer's at farmer's markets that seem reputable), but I still eat regular cheapo eggs due to convenience. But I am working to get all my food from better sources. It's not easy when job/commute/wife/kids suck up most of my time, but it's worth the effort in terms of my health.
Oh! And to actually answer your question... Well, if it was in front of me, I would probably eat it. But I don't think I'll buy it in the first place - I prefer to cook my bacon. We usually have bacon once every two weeks and its Oscar Mayer, cuz that's what the wife buys... (Sometimes I'll get some awesome pastured bacon at the farmer's market, but nobody else in the house likes it but me. Hmmm, maybe that's not such a problem, now that I think about it. Sounds like a trip tomorrow!)
If I can manage, I will never eat anything from Tyson ever again. Furthermore, I would never intentionally buy anything made by Tyson for anyone else to eat either. My preference would be to have $0.00 of my money go to that company.
"does anything else look particularly dangerous?"
Have you seen Food, Inc.?
To drive my point home one more time, I will not support Tyson.
I think that you should just strive to do the best you can do with what you have. Not all of us can afford the heathliest foods at all times in our lives.
No. I would not eat it. Honestly I would eat oatmeal(soaked of course!) before I would eat this but my personal priorities are slightly different from most around here. A few years ago, however, I would have eaten it with great pleasure and probably did.
I agree with Annie that your only obligation is to do the best you can. That is all we can ask of ourselves. Accept yourself where you are today and continue to look for ways to get better and do better. Eat your bacon and enjoy it.
1) As everyone else has pointed out, I'd rather not give Tyson any of my money or support factory farming of animals.
2) I think one of the biggest problems with north american food culture is the total disconnect with food and unreasonable expectations re: cooking times and such, and the expectation that most of our food should be pre-cooked or take at most 5 minutes to prepare. The convenience food mindset is part of what's hurting us, in my opinion. That's why I don't like to buy products like this. Even if they're not produced by Tyson.
If it was so important to me to have food available instead of waiting hours to eat, I would make sure to cook something and take it with me before I left the house. Bacon takes such a short time to cook from raw. But I just remember that being a little hungry won't kill me.
That said it isn't like eating some crappy quality bacon occasionally is going to hurt you. If it's what prevents you from diving headfirst into a cake because you're ravenous, I'd say go for it and don't worry about it.
I would rather fast for 3 days, than eat that garbage!!
Tyson and Hormel are 2 of the worst companies on this planet with regards to how they treat animals, and their workers!!
It just isn't worth it to eat that crap.
You'd be better off getting a burger off the dollar menu at a fast food place than eating this junk. At least with the burger you can get extra veggies and remove the bun!
I understand about doing what you can do, but some things aren't worth that!!
You should really check out the Applegate products! Nitrate free, uncured bacon. They even have grass fed beef hot dogs! We eat bacon once a week, as a treat, because there are definitely more nutritious meat choices! But it is much better than grains!