Bacon has had quite a journey from being a poor man’s survival meat to being called as ‘America’s Breakfast Dish.’ There is so much said today about bacon and sometimes (or rather most of the times) it is pure myth.
Your buddy, Jing, here will try to bust few myths that you might have read about in the past. So lets Jing ahead to that –
Myth #1 – Bacon is Delicious
Bacon is delicious this is a myth. Now I know, you all are going like, Jing what the hell are you talking about, well there is a big fast reason for me saying that. You see in earlier times bacon was nothing more than food that was essential for survival. Diets mostly consisted of grains and protein was apparently missing. In those times, pork meat was a cheap and easily accessible too. At those time bacon was cured and stored in questionable conditions and clearly that had affected how the meat tasted. The techniques of curing bacon evolved in the mid 20th century and that clearly paved the way for the ‘delicious’ meat that we all love and enjoy today.
Myth #2 – Bacon is Only Belly Meat
In America, the word Bacon is almost synonymous with pork belly, and this is where most of the bacon meat comes from. But there are different sources from where you can get the perfect meat. Our friends up in the north, use pork loin to get a lean cut of bacon. The English do the same but add an extra layer of fat. Both of these taste better than the traditional meat and are also comparatively healthier. It ‘s hard to find these, and you would have to go to upscale stores to find one in your cities. I use bacon derived from pork loin in my restaurant, and my returning customers love every bite of it.
Myth #3 – Bacon makes you Fat
Is bacon the healthiest dish? Absolutely not, in fact, many other kinds of meat can be considered ‘a lot healthier’ compared to pork, especially bacon. So does bacon make you fat? Again no!
Most of you by now know that weight of the body is determined on how many calories we consume. Consuming 100 grams of bacon at once will amount to around 500 calories. During my childhood, I used to eat twice of this daily, but I also indulged in several physical activities. If you fail to do so, bacon like any other ‘heavy food’ will have a negative effect on your body.
Furthermore, bacon is also highly recommended in paleo diets so if you have any misconceptions that bacon is unhealthy, simply drop it.
Myth #4 – Celery Processed bacon is Nitrate-free
Bacon being processed meat comes with its fair shares of threat. One of those is the fact that mostly bacon was cured with nitrates. And according to few major studies, nitrates can increase the risk of heart disease. Many manufacturers then started to claim that there are offering nitrate free bacon. It is nothing but a scam. Most ‘nitrate-free’ or so called unprocessed bacon, is coated by celery powder, which being a vegetable naturally contains nitrates.
So don’t fall for this as you might be paying extra to consume the same amount of nitrates that you might consume from regular bacon.
Myth #5 – Bacon Consumption is limited
I am flabbergasted by the sheer number of people that think that bacon can be consumed in limited ways. On the contrary, you can find bacon everywhere now. They are infusing it with vodka too. I love to cook bacon based cupcakes, and I will share many recipes on my blog. So if you want this myth to bust simply follow my blog and read all these scrumptious recipes.
These were the top myths that I have come across in my life. If you have any other myth that I have not covered in this post, feel free to share it in the comment section below.
Enjoy the Holy Bacon – Bacon Babbler Jing