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Real Food Challenge Day 5

Candied bacon care of baconbabble.com

I’m overwhelmed by the success of this challenge and we’re only on Day 5.  The enthusiasm and support you’re showing is amazing.  We had a great showing at the nutrition meeting on Wednesday night and I’ve decided to keep holding them at least every two weeks.  As we continue with the challenge, I’ll continue posting links, recipes and resources, but I’d like to add a “Q&A” component.  So, if you have any questions you want answered email them to me or ask in the comments and I’ll try to address them in a post…

We’re still focusing on breakfast this week, so today’s topic is BACON.  I’m seeing a lot of bacon consumed in the past 5 days.  Bacon is NOT evil in essence, however, there are a few reasons to limit its consumption and be conscientious about your bacon selection.

Problem: Preservatives. If you’re buying Costco or Safeway bacon, it’s filled with tons of sodium, nitrates and other crap I can’t even pronounce, which is generally bad for you.

Solution: Buy higher quality bacon, organic, naturally raised, look for “no nitrates” on the label.  Also check for sodium and sugar in the ingredient list.  If it has anything ending in “nitrate”, “nitrite”, or anything you don’t recognize, skip it.  You can get the good stuff directly from the farmer.

Problem: Bad Fat.  Bacon is high in fat, usually the bad kind.  As you know, I’m generally very pro-fat, but as you start thinking about balancing out your Omega-6/Omega-3 fatty acid ratios, consider that conventional bacon will be a significant source of Omega-6 fatty acids (the kind you already have too much of) and not a significant source of Omega-3 fatty acids (the kind you need more of).

Solution: Buy back bacon because it’s less fatty, and supplement with lots of fish oil to balance out your fat ratio.

Problem: It tastes sooo gooood.

Solution: Have it once it a while, but get the good stuff, and enjoy it!!!


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