When I started eating bacon, two months ago, I went through about 18oz per week for 3 weeks.
- Pan fried, low heat.
- Coconut oil
One week into this feast, I noticed how much smoother, oily, and vibrant my skin was -- my hands especially, and my face, and all over I suppose. Before, my hands had been dry, even a little flaky.
Why? Must be correcting a deficiency, but I don't know what it is...
Simultaneously, I had began taking 1tsp/day of high-vitamin butter oil ("green pastures"), and so I assumed that was the source of this magical improvement. But I stopped eating bacon, and kept up with the butter oil, and my hands and face fell back into their old ways.
Starting back on bacon this week, within just 5 days, BOOM. Brilliant skin again... Amazing.
Is it a certain fat, a vitamin, I don't know...
I always pan-fry bacon on low heat, in a tbsp of high-quality coconut oil. I never use anything but coconut oil for frying, so I think it's not my slight increase in coconut oil consumption causing this improvement.
... Follow Up: Saturated Fat content seems to be the benefit.
I'll verify this by reducing/eliminating bacon consumption while increasing other sources of saturated fat: Coconut oil, Avocado, Butter, Beef... Though, in my experience two tbsp of Kerry Gold butter per day isn't enough to replicate this bacon magic.