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Bacon Mania: Why Bacon is Everything

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Bacon is eternal. Bacon is life. Or so many people seem to believe. Bacon lovers across the world deny the scientifically proven facts that suggest bacon as our enemy and continue to gorge on it despite the nasty truth. Because, let’s be honest, there are few things as appealing as the smell of sizzling bacon early in the morning (or in the evening, or at any time of the day, really). It is a smell that can wake you up from the dead, and make even the worst meals taste a thousand times better.

Keep reading for more delicious facts:


Bacon Mania began in the late 90’s, upon the emergence of low-carb diet trends that unwittingly birthed the modern world’s obsession with bacon.

While these diets failed to stay in the spotlight, across the country people grew more and more frenzied over the food, realizing that it made everything taste better. It took over TV shows, restaurants, and homes and still to this day there is no sign of stopping.



What would you say if we told you that the United States and Canada are so passionate about their bacon that nearly 65% of Americans said that they would support bacon as their national food, and about 43% of Canadians would choose bacon over sex?

While this does seem a bit extreme, the facts are there. We love bacon, and that’s an understatement. This is a love affair.

This idea of a bacon craze taking over this side of the hemisphere is quite unnerving when you really think about what bacon is. It’s a piece of fatty meat that is so incredibly terrible for your body that it has caused a bit of an uproar within the medical community.

The world cannot truly decide on how to handle this potential health “hazard.”

Why Do We Love Bacon So Much?

Bacon is listed as one of the top ten foods that nutritionists recommend ditching from your diet . . . forever. You might find yourself wondering how they could do this to us when they know perfectly well how dear it is to our hearts.

It might not seem this way, but bacon has made that list for a reason. It has a physical affect on the body that is similar to the addictive nature of drugs.

The flavor of bacon is the result of the pork fat breaking down. This reaction in cooking bacon releases a myriad of 150 volatile organic compounds, which stimulate the brain and body, making some people physically crave bacon.

It is no surprise the tasty treat comes with some pretty serious consequences, if eaten excessively. If you squeezed out a tear after reading those facts, just know that you are not alone.

A huge portion of the population still eat bacon on a day-to-day basis; and if you really want to get specific, about 18 pounds of bacon per person per year in the US, which translates to something like 5,760,000,000 pounds of bacon consumed across the US per year.


Why Is Bacon So Bad For Us?

Medical experts repeatedly warn us against the dangers of consuming too much processed meat, as it is linked to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. These greasy, high-calorie strips of happiness affect the brain much in the same way as cocaine and heroin do.

Bacon is treated with a chemical ingredient called Nitrate (and so are other cured meats). Nitrates react with amino acids during the cooking process, and consuming these types of products frequently will increase your risk of developing cancer.

But what do these so-called “experts” really know? I’m not sure that they fully understand the epidemic that is bacon.

The fact that bacon is absolutely terrible for your health doesn’t change the fact that it is made of pure happiness. It tastes like what I’d like a billion bucks to taste like.

Unfortunately, the composition of bacon is about 68% fat, half of which are saturated. One slice of bacon has about 190 milligrams of sodium; so eating five slices is the equivalent of eating half of your daily-allotted sodium intake, which is around 2,300 milligrams, according to the Mayo Clinic.


But Wait, There’s Still Some Good!

It really doesn’t matter how bad bacon is for you because you’re going to eat it anyway. Plus, on the flip side of this not-so-good news, there is hope.

Bacon contains a vitamin that can supposedly help you to live a longer life, Vitamin B3, which is found in many other healthy foods like peanuts, salmon, sundried tomatoes.

A study done on worms found that when fed high levels of this magical B vitamin, the worms lived exponentially longer lives than the ones who weren’t exposed to it. Following this study, people have been working toward sneaking this powerful vitamin into everyday products such as wheat flour.

If there is anything to glean from these facts, it’s that bacon can be good for you but in small doses, of course.

And if this great news isn’t enough for you, keep in mind that eating bacon while pregnant supposedly supports brain health in newborn babies because of a chemical, found in foods like yogurt and chicken, called choline.

A research study done by scientists at the University of North Carolina proves that this chemical assists the fetus in developing the parts of the brain responsible for memory. Beautiful.



If, for whatever reason, you find yourself keeping a good distance between you and this drool-worthy snack, there are ways to keep bacon as a close and personal friend, but without the commitment.

Bacon Band Aids: because we know the distance hurts

Bacon Cologne: don’t lie, we know you miss the smell.

Bacon Toothpaste: we know you crave the taste

Bacon Air Freshener: ain’t nothing smells better than bacon

Bacon Recipes: for when you finally crack

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