Mmm, bacon. Need I say more? It’s delicious. Whether you prefer it crispy or chewy, bacon is possessed of unparalleled flavor and texture. One might even go so far as to say that it’s pure miracle in culinary form. So great is bacon’s power that, like all great powers, it bears a heavy burden–a great responsibility, if you will.
Just as every rose has its thorn, your precious crispy (or chewy) bacon has a thorn of its own. It’s commercially available. It’s well beyond merely appetizing. It’s found its way into recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s coming for your heart, and there’s no stopping it.
While you’re savoring that bite of perfect bacon, here’s what it’s doing to you:
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Just looking at bacon is enough to excite you. Staring at it too long can cause your heartbeat to jump to double, triple its usual rate. There’s only one thing that can help calm your nerves, and that, of course, is bacon.
If it’s taken you 20 whole minutes to get into your bacon and get it cooked, you have an iron will and discipline; but bacon is a bounty hunter that always gets its mark, and the snap, crackle and pop of it in the pan is music to your soul.
You’ve eaten the bacon. Yes, all of it. Maybe you didn’t notice, but the warm salty taste that lingers in your mouth and the grease on your fingertips tells you all you need to know. You need more bacon.Related: Top 20 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet
At the store, you’re considering whether or not you should buy some bacon-scented candles. As you proceed to the meat section, you realize this is a well-intentioned, but terrible idea. After all, there’s no substitute for the genuine article. However, you do manage to pick up more bacon, twice as much this time.
The bacon is almost done frying. This time, however, you’re going to show restraint.
You’ve eaten the bacon. Yes, all of it. The warm salty taste that lingers in your mouth and the grease on your fingertips tells you all you need to know. You need more bacon.
Given the borderline addictive properties of bacon, you may find yourself concerned with what effect it actually has on your health. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, the truth about bacon, aside from its unshakable deliciousness, is that there is some good and bad in it. Because just as every bacon has its thorn, every cloud has its bacon lining.
Found not just in bacon, but in other animal and vegetable fats (olive oil, for example, is the largest contributor), oleic acid is a type of monounsaturated fat. It is an omega-9 fatty acid with some use to the human body; unlike omega-3 fatty acids, it is not considered an essential fatty acid (a necessary part of the human diet), because it can be produced in some amount by our bodies. Even then, it is found in a significant number of foods we consume anyway.
Bacon also has a number of other nutrients in it; certainly protein, but also sodium, which is good in small amounts, potassium, B vitamins and various other minerals.
Ultimately, moderation is the name of the game when it comes to bacon. That pure goodness can come with a heavy price of heart disease, obesity, and potentially cancer (when overcooked) if you fail to practice moderation. Let bacon be no more than a modest part of your diet, one that includes plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables.Related: Do You Have to Give up Bacon?