Bacon is heart-healthy, meat-candy!!!! Bacon is the meat of kings. Bacon is the Morgan Freeman of meats. AND IT IS GOOD FOR YOU!!!! People often ask what can we eat on a diet guided by The Emoji Diet Guideline and my first response is usually bacon!
What people don’t realize is that any good diet basically is just another way to try to get people to eat real foods. Ultimately if we can do that then we will be healthier – that’s the goal. But going back to the basics – fruits, veggies, and fruits – seems tricky to some. I don’t see how it’s tricky when we have bacon in our side but whatever, this post is for those looking to find healthy food options! I’ll be doing a food of the month from here out starting with bacon for this month!!!!
Bacon is heart-healthy, meat-candy!!!!
Let’s start with why it is healthy, then I will post some recipes down below all this.
Choline is a mineral found in bacon that promotes balanced brain chemistry and growth of stem cells targeted at rebuilding your brain. So, in a way, one could argue that bacon makes you smarter!!!!
Had to start with a positive, but its also important to debunk health myths about bacon. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again till the day I day: cholesterol and fats are good for you! Fat does not make you fat, carbohydrates do! If we eat low-carb, high-fat then our bodies will learn to burn fat for energy which promotes weight loss. Burning fat for energy also produces Ketones, which our mind uses to better proficiency than the glucose it runs off of due to eating too many carbohydrates! Again, bacon makes you smarter!!!!
Bacon makes you smarter!!!!
Cholesterol is a bit of a different beast than fats though. The fats and cholesterol in bacon help produce HDL cholesterol as well as LDL cholesterol. Many people think HDL is good and LDL is bad. We actually need both! LDL is important because it travels throughout the body to bring down inflammation! But the smaller LDL particles in cholesterol can slip through cell membranes and that’s where cholesterol can create issues. Bacon-eating helps with the larger LDL particles; carbohydrates help your body produce the smaller LDL particles! And remember, 80% of the cholesterol in our bodies is made by our bodies and only 20% can come through dietary means. Eat more bacon and you will lower the cholesterol that you don’t want and create higher amounts of the cholesterol that you do want.
Eat more bacon and you will lower the cholesterol that you don’t want and create higher amounts of the cholesterol that you do want.
Another health myth is that bacon has cancer-causing nitrites and nitrates. These chemicals are only found when one burns their bacon…. So, don’t burn your bacon. Instead heat your bacon to perfection and enjoy it!!!! (There’s also a recent study going around about processed meats causing cancer…. Get organic bacon if you can and if you can’t then know all the health benefits are still there and the chance of getting cancer is minimal…. Seems like everything causes cancer anymore.)
Back to good news, now! Bacon has a ton of minerals and vitamins! Here’s a quick listing of daily amounts of vitamins and minerals found in bacon!
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Bacon is basically its own multi-B vitamin!!!!
Then, of course, bacon has a lot of protein! Which is what makes you grow big and strong (greens don’t do this…. Sorry moms!)! Bacon has a 4-1 ratio of protein to fat. If you’re over weight then you may need to tread more carefully, but for anyone else this protein can come in much abundance, as it rebuilds our bodies (especially if you have an active lifestyle!)! This protein to fat ratio is higher than any fowl, fish, or red meat that we eat!!!!
So, bacon tastes good and is good for us! We need to get back to real foods, like bacon! Being healthy can be enjoyable when bacon is part of the equation(Me+Bacon=Healthy :D)! So, this month let’s all eat more bacon, aim for once a day as a minimal!!!! This will be a fun and great way for us all to get back to real food and enjoying our health!!!!
Try avocado fries, from the ketogenic cookbook! Take slices of avocado, wrap them in bacon, then bake! Simple, fun health-snack!!!!
Try adding bacon to other things, as well. I found that I like it in my chilli, my pot roasts, my bun-less burgers, and basically everything I eat…. Try adding bacon to your bacon even!
Now, here’s my own personal recipe for “Josh Cookies,” enjoy!
1 ¼ cups almond meal
1 ¼ cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup cooked and chopped up bacon
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup of Stevia
1 large organic egg
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix all the stuff
- Let chill in fridge for 42min
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Shape dough into balls
- Bake 8-12 min
- Let the cookies cool then enjoy!!!!
The Point is: Eat Bacon.
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Readings / Refference List:
 Mancinelli, Kristen. The Ketogenic Diet: The Scientifically Proven Approach to Fast, Healthy Weight Loss. Print.
 Eades, Michael R., and Mary Dan Eades. Protein Power: The Metabolic Breakthrough. New York: Bantam, 1996. Print.
 Carlson, James E. Genocide!: How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You!!!! Charleston, S.C.: urge, 2007. Print.
 Moore, Jimmy, and Eric C. Westman. Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong with My Numbers? Print.
 Moore, Jimmy, and Maria Emmerich. The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-carb, High-fat Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body. Print.