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Old 12-21-2009, 03:37 AM   #11
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

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I was just curious with the obsession on bacon when I could find no evidence of it being that healthy for you.
There is lots of evidence showing bacon is healthy for you provided it isn't loaded up with nitrates and other chemicals.
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:55 AM   #12
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

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There is lots of evidence showing bacon is healthy for you provided it isn't loaded up with nitrates and other chemicals.
I am guessing he was looking for the actual evidence, not just a declaration that said evidence exists....
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:14 AM   #13
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

I find that a lot of people are incapable of making logical jumps from the evidence that's out there to the specific food that they're talking about.

It's very unlikely that a study has been or will be done on every single food known to man. Why not use some simple deductive reasoning and make up your own mind?

Benjamin said something different, but as far as I knew, bacon was mostly saturated fat (I just checked wiki. looks like it's 40% saturated fat and 45% mono-unsaturated). So rather than looking for evidence that bacon specifically is good for you, since you will pull up far more conventional wisdom that way, why not go out on a limb and look for evidence that saturated fat and monounsaturated fats are good for you?

There are a bunch of omega 6s in bacon, with a omega-6/omega-3 ratio of about 10:1, but you'll find that with most animal fat content that aren't grass fed.
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:17 AM   #14
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

Bacon is the tastiest fat too cook stuff with, do you need more evidence than that?
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Old 12-21-2009, 08:31 AM   #15
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

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I am guessing he was looking for the actual evidence, not just a declaration that said evidence exists....
Google is his friend. Part of the problem is filtering the data. The majority of studies you'll find deal with the health concerns of processed bacon. You have to do some digging to find studies dealing with unprocessed, all natural bacon.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:13 PM   #16
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

Oh okay, I'll look up unprocessed bacon then, I just had the idea that you were talking about bacon from restaurants and the like. I'm sure when working out and eating bacon with fewer nitrates and preservatives it is pretty good for you, plus it tastes delicious. I'll just look for some of the brands you guys listed. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:16 PM   #17
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

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...I just had the idea that you were talking about bacon from restaurants and the like.
Around here - and especially in the nutrition forum - you're generally best-off not assuming that.

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Old 12-21-2009, 09:29 PM   #18
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

'Bacon' is a processed meat by definition.

Bacon: a salted or otherwise cured product, it was preserved to extend time before spoilage. What is not good for single cellular organisms isn't usually good for you in large quantities. Search 'unprocessed bacon' and you'll probably not get much more returned than this thread.

Bacon is food but also a food I recommend you minimise, it is like, say, a Big Mac.

Wayne, you need to look up the definitions of food processing. Take that from someone who lectures contemporary nutrition and food processing to nutrition undergrads, and who really, really likes bacon and eggs.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:48 AM   #19
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Wayne, you need to look up the definitions of food processing. Take that from someone who lectures contemporary nutrition and food processing to nutrition undergrads, and who really, really likes bacon and eggs.
By definition the majority of our food could be considered processed, it is the type and degree of processing that matters to me. For bacon, nitrates are my main concern and thus I only purchase nitrate free bacon.

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Old 12-22-2009, 05:12 AM   #20
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Re: How can Bacon be good for you?

Glad we agree.
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