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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…
Here are 10 reasons to enjoy a hearty helping of bacon any time of day.
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.1
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
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.3 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,4sexual 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.7
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.8
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.