Is there anything better than waking up to the smells and sounds of applewood-smoked bacon sizzling in the frying pan?
It's hard to argue that bacon isn't one of the most delicious foods in the world. Unfortunately, due to some bad science, bacon's reputation has been damaged over these past few decades.
For most people, bacon is considered more of a guilty pleasure than part of a healthy diet.
However, bacon is actually much healthier than the brainwashed Medical Establishment would lead you to believe...
1. It stops food cravings. The one property of bacon that's been blasted by misguided medical professionals also happens to make it an excellent weight-loss food: Its high saturated fat content.
Most Health Wire readers know there is absolutely no sufficient evidence to warrant the current establishment claims that saturated fat consumption causes heart disease and weight gain.
On the contrary, saturated fat actually fills you up faster than high carbohydrate foods, which means you'll eat less to feel full. In fact, studies have shown that people who increase fat intake and decrease carbohydrate intake witness unparalleled long-term weight loss.
2. Bacon raises high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. HDL, or "good" cholesterol, is one of the most important markers for heart disease. The higher your HDL levels, the better your health — and conversely, the lower your HDL, the higher your chances of developing heart disease.
This is another benefit of bacon's high saturated fat content. It has been shown time and again that eating saturated fat is one of the most effective ways to increase your HDL levels. So despite all that crap about saturated fat being bad for your heart, it turns out it's actually good for your heart!
Another obvious conclusion of these studies: Low-fat diets may actually be killing your arteries.
3. It's low in carbs. Carbohydrates — not saturated fat — will make you fat. While the science is complex, it all has to do with how the fat-storing hormone insulin is affected by each macronutrient. Carbs raise insulin levels way more than fats do; and the more insulin you have in your blood stream, the more the food you eat will be stored as fat.
You can find a whole list of studies showing the superiority of low-carbohydrate diets here — and now many studies are starting to link excess carbohydrate intake with heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, sexual dysfunction,5 and possibly even Alzheimer's disease.
4. It contains a significant amount of protein — and high-quality protein at that. While bacon may not contain as much protein as a cut of steak, a few slices provide a decent amount of protein.
Now, to understand protein quality, you have to understand that protein is made up of various amino acids. The more of these amino acids present in the protein, the more the protein is considered "complete."
Most vegetable sources of protein are incomplete, and require additional vitamin supplements. Bacon, on the other hand, has one of the highest amounts of essential amino acids (meaning your body needs them but can't make them) out there, including tryptophan (important for brain health), leucine (builds muscles), and glutamic acid (essential for your nervous system).
5. Bacon is a great source of selenium. This is a nutrient that's a key component of a healthy thyroid gland. Selenium also happens to be a potent antioxidant that, when paired with antioxidant vitamin E, can prevent certain degenerative eye diseases and hair loss.
Doctors are also recommending selenium for people with arthritis and heart diseases, which may mean it plays an important role in joint and cardiovascular health as well.
6. It's chock-full of phosphorus. Phosphorus is a basic building block of your DNA, as well as ATP, the energy molecule that makes muscle movement possible.
Phosphorus also combines with calcium to form calcium phosphate, which is responsible for stiffening bones and teeth. Phosphorus deficiency can cause neurological and muscular problems.
7. It's a potent packer of the B vitamin Niacin.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:
All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Niacin also helps the body make various sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body. Niacin helps improve circulation.
Skin, hair, eyes, liver, circulation, and sexual health — sounds to me like this is a vitamin we should be getting plenty of... not to mention that niacin deficiency sounds like some scary stuff:
Symptoms of mild deficiency include indigestion, fatigue, canker sores, vomiting, and depression. Severe deficiency can cause a condition known as pellagra. Pellagra is characterized by cracked, scaly skin, dementia, and diarrhea. It is generally treated with a nutritionally balanced diet and niacin supplements. Niacin deficiency also causes burning in the mouth and a swollen, bright red tongue.
8. It contains choline. Choline has been hyped recently for being one of the most important vitamins for brain health.
The truth is it's done everything to deserve that hype. Studies have shown that choline can improve memory, learning speeds, and brain cell size. It may even help prevent Alzheimer's.11 Choline is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is not only key for muscle movement, but also sensory perception, sustaining attention, and decision-making.
Another great source of choline is eggs. So double down on your brain-healthy breakfast with a healthy dose of bacon and eggs!
9. It's versatile. Bacon is a go-to for breakfast — but more and more, bacon is being added to all kinds of dishes. You can find bacon covered in chocolate, bacon in soup, even bacon-flavored vodka (that one's not recommended!) at grocery stores and in restaurants. You can use bacon to spice up just about any dish, from appetizers to desserts.
10. Bacon is delicious! The best reason to eat bacon is its amazing taste! There are many different cuts and flavors out there, and it's worth trying as many as you can...