Friday, September 14, 2012

Bacon Bits

Earlier this week, Fox News published an article laying out The Truth About Bacon.  On the bad side, 68 percent of bacon's calories come from fat and almost half of the fat is saturated (artery-clogging).  Cured bacon also contains nitrates that have been linked with cancer. A single strip of bacon can contain up to 3.5 grams of fat, 150mg of sodium, and 7mg cholesterol.  On the good side, pork bacon is high in protein, vitamins and minerals, including B6, B12, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, as well as choline, a nutrient which helps improve cognitive performance, memory, mood and mental alertness.

Their tips for enjoying bacon in a healthier manner are:
     - Moderation (stick to small servings)
     - Blot extra grease off to lower fat intake
     - Avoid adding extra salt or other high sodium seasonings
     - Consider healthier alternatives, such as:
          * Turkey Bacon
          * Bacon Flavored Salt
          * Canadian Bacon
          * Meatless Bacon Substitutes
          * Uncured Bacon

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