I am not sure I will ever truly understand a man's love for bacon, but you can guarantee this father's day celebration will not be complete without it. This post is dedicated to my father and husband, the best fathers I know, who absolutely love bacon.
It is hard to imagine a world without bacon, and you have the Chinese to thank for that. Surprising, right? The Chinese developed a form of bacon around 1500 B.C. We know it was also eaten by the ancient Romans, and it was an important food for the Anglo-Saxton's throughout the middle ages (1). I am no history expert, but let's suffice it to say bacon has been important to many people for a VERY long time. Bacon continues to be a popular food throughout the world. In 1924, Oscar Mayer packaged and patented the first sliced bacon in the US. In America, 53% of people report having bacon in the home at all times (2).
Bacon Nutrition Facts:
2 Slices of Bacon: 90 Calories 6g Protein 7g Fat
Before you start crucifying the bacon for all the fat, compare it to ¼ cup of granola: 150 Calories, 4.5g Protein, and 7g Fat, and 16g Carbs. And to my surprise, bacon only had 1 extra gram of saturated fat when comparing the breakdown of the types of fat (3).
However, before you throw out all your granola and start eating bacon every morning, remember bacon does contain a good amount of sodium (approximately 350mg in two slices). If your kidneys do not function properly or if you have high blood pressure, this may be a deal breaker for you. But if you just want to be angry at bacon, newsflash most soups, even the organic vegetable kinds contain around 600mg of sodium per serving, and low sodium soups have around 400mg per serving (4). Of note, bacon may be a migraine trigger for those who are sensitive to nitrites.
Bacon is also high in an essential nutrition called choline. Other foods high in choline include beef liver, chicken liver, wheat germ, and eggs. Choline has been linked to improved memory and the possibility of cancer prevention is also being researched as choline is essential for normal cell membrane function.
Moral of the story, dad and Mark, enjoy your bacon this father’s day. When eating in balance and moderation, bacon can be incorporated into your healthy diet. But I still don’t think you should eat it every day J. Happy Father's Day!
Here are some bacon recipes from some of my favorite websites:
Brown Sugar Bacon Waffles by Joy the Baker
Perfect Bacon Cheeseburger by Ree Drummond
Spinach Salad with warm bacon and apple cider dressing by Ellie Krieger
Skillet Toasted Penne with Bacon and Spinach by Keith Schroeder
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles by Rachel Ray
Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies by Joy the Baker
And if that is not enough bacon for your father, here are 50 Things to Make with Bacon.
Nutrition from the dietitian
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