It’s safe to say that bacon is an all-American favorite way to serve a little pork. We put it in everything, from serving it with breakfast to adding it to mac and cheese. So, at Friday, we’re excited to be celebrating National Bacon Day by giving you some reasons why this crispy delight can be good for you. Remember, almost everything is good in moderation. 😉
Full of Good Stuff
Bacon can provide your body with many essential nutrients to keep you going! Some of these are:
- Protein. This may seem obvious, seeing as bacon is meat, but your body uses protein for just about every function it carries out.
- Vitamin B. Bacon contains multiple “B” vitamins, which help your heart, liver, kidney, and brain.
- Selenium is a mineral and antioxidant that reduces the risk of things like cancer and heart disease. It also boosts your immune health.
- Phosphorus helps your bones and teeth.
- Other essential minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. These help your red blood cells and muscle function.
- Good fats like Omega 3s help reduce your cholesterol and improve heart health.
- Stop food cravings. This means that when you’re dieting or just trying to eat healthier, the fat in bacon can help your body get what it needs, so you don’t crave other, less healthy options.
- It helps your brain. Through the ingredient choline, it can even aid in combating Alzheimer’s and other dementia diseases.
Bring Home the Bacon to Boost Your Mood
Besides being full of good ingredients and its tasty qualities, it can help enhance your mood. That means it can increase your feeling of satisfaction, lower stress levels, and improve your overall outlook on life. When you’re feeling down before work, why not whip up some bacon and give yourself a boost?
Finding the Right Bacon
When you shop for bacon, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices. Cheap bacon can be full of sodium and not-so-great for your health. Here are some things to consider:
- Thin vs. thick? Thick bacon contains more fat and fewer slices. This may be tastier, but lean bacon tends to be healthier. If you prefer thick bacon, cook it slower by using lower temperatures to minimize nitrosamines, a harmful chemical.
- Avoid bacon with “sodium ascorbate” on the ingredients list. This means the bacon has been “pumped,” which reduces quality.
- You can always check the fat levels, but obviously, bacon will come with fat, no matter what.
It’s Fun to Cook With Bacon has many uses and is an excellent addition to many meals. Get creative with it! Wrap your chicken in it for the grill, at bacon bits to your salad, and they even make bacon chocolate. You can even save and use the grease to add extra flavor when you cook other meals. Here are some healthy bacon-pairing recipes for inspiration.