We’re guessing you love bacon or you wouldn’t be reading this article. Americans eat 18 pounds of bacon a year – Baconeers are probably responsible for half that. (Pat yourself on the back. We’ll wait.) So, of course, you get the occasional vegetarian thinking bacon is “so gross” and “unhealthy.” To be clear: we don’t dislike all vegetarians… just the ones who are wrong. Luckily, there are many ways where bacon is downright healthy for you. Here are four key facts for you to remember when someone else argues with you and tries to control your diet:
- Bacon is a unique source of Vitamin B12, a nutrient that improves your mental state and maintains a healthy metabolism. It’s also packed with Vitamin B3, which may help you live longer. No, really.
- Bacon is high in nutrients like iron and zinc. There’s actually more of those nutrients (as well as others like choline and niacin) in bacon than there are in vegetables. Bonus: it doesn’t taste like dirt.
- Bacon has been described as a one-stop-shop for essential proteins needed for optimal health. Fun fact: The choline found in bacon helps fetuses develop regions of the brain linked to memory.
- Here’s a plot twist for you… although bacon contains saturated fat and cholesterol, there have been loads of nutrition studies conducted over the past few years concluding that saturated fat isn’t as harmful as originally thought and that dietary cholesterol is not the same as blood cholesterol.
To conclude: bacon is literally perfect. Eat it.
Want more information? Check out this brochure, courtesy of the Meat Institute.