There are so many good things to say about bacon, but at the same time, there are many unusual facts that surround this holy dish. In my last article I tried to bust some myths and today I will share some surprising facts, which I am sure you have no or little idea about.
Fact #1 – Different Countries use different Bacon Cuts
If you read the last article, you must know that different cuts are used in different countries for bacon. In America, we mostly get cuts derived from pork belly. But Canada uses the pork loin, and England uses the shoulder. The meat derived from loin is comparatively healthier, but it still needs to be cured.
Fact #2 – There is Bacon in your Drinks
This is perhaps the most unusual fact that I have come across about bacon. Yes, they are now infusing bacon in your hard drinks like vodka and beer. If you fancy cocktails then smoky bacon bloody Mary, is one of the most well-known bacon-infused cocktails you can find. If you fancy bacon beer, then you can try out Rouge Ale’s beer.
Fact #3 – Bacon is good for your unborn child
So much has been said about the harmful effects of bacon on our health but some studies have shown that bacon can prove to be good for your unborn child. Bacon constitutes Choline, a micronutrient, which helps in better brain development and can also boost memory. It also helps in reducing heart-related problems. So if you’re pregnant it is fine to eat some bacon, once in a while.
Fact #4 – Bacon is actually patented
Well, the first sliced and packed bacon was patented. It was done by Oscar Mayer, back in 1924. He then literally dominated the bacon marketplace until 1984 when Dr. Basil released a paper that linked fat consumed with increased heart risk. All this forced Oscar Mayer, and other manufacturers to rely on advertisements which pointed that they were using “lean meat”. The reality is different, though, even in present times.
Fact #5 – Denmark consumers more Bacon than the USA
I know most of you think that the USA is the biggest consumer of pork in the world. But you are wrong. In fact, USA ranks at 12 in per capita consumption of Pork. Denmark eats the most pork in the world. We can’t blame them as that country is freaking cold.
Fact #6 – BLT are the favorite sandwiches in the USA
We all love bacon, lettuce, and a tomato sandwich, right? Well, this is the favorite breakfast sandwich of the USA, according to an independent survey. In my restaurant, the BLT sandwich has to be one of the favorites. Apart from quality bacon, we make sure that our lettuce and tomatoes are fresh and healthy. We started growing some of our produce, through hydroponic systems, like Aerogarden Bounty, and so far we love the results.
Fact #7 – Average American eats 18 pounds of bacon per Year
17.90 lbs. To be exact. If this seems too much, well then let me tell you that we are par with our British counterparts who consume 17.86 lbs. of bacon each year. These figures are out there, but still Americans are blamed for making the unhealthiest food choices in the world.
Fact #8 – Bacon is only 11% of pig
On an average, a 200-pound pig will give you close to 20 pounds of bacon. You can give or take 4 to 5 pounds depending upon the butchering process, but you can’t get more than 11-13% bacon from a pig. Now you can guess how many pigs are slaughtered each year for your bacon.
Fact #9 – New York consumes the most bacon
They are followed by Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Chicago. Going by these two trends, I don’t know how the women in New York Or Los Angeles look so good. I guess they indulge in a lot of physical activities too, like your boy Jing.
Fact #10 – You can also eat ‘Cheek Bacon.’
You can do this in Italy, where you get Guanciale, which is essential bacon derived from Pork Cheeks. I have never tried it, and to be honest I have no interest in doing so, but you my friend could be a risk taker, so I thought I should mention this.
This ends my list, and I am sure there are several other Bacon Facts that are dancing around in the world. If you come up with any of those, do share in the comment section below.
Enjoy the Holy Bacon – Bacon Babbler Jing