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Which has more calories?

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Which has more calories?

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Four sizzling strips of pan-fried bacon have 168 calories. Two large scrambled eggs have 182 calories. But that doesn't mean you should pig out on pork. Bacon is high in saturated fat and sodium.

 

Four slices of some brands have nearly half an adult's recommended daily limit of sodium. By the way, you can cut those bacon calories to 101 by microwaving.

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People began eating bacon in

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People began eating bacon in

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Raising pigs for food dates back to 7000 B.C. in the Middle East. Some historians say that bacon made from immature hogs was a favorite of the early Romans and Greeks. About 500 years ago, bacon or bacoun (a Middle English term) referred to all pork.

Which part of the pig does bacon come from?

Which part of the pig does bacon come from?

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The word “bacon” refers to the cured belly of a hog. But bacon can come from a pig’s side, belly, and back. Canadian bacon comes from pork loin. It can even come from other animals, like a turkey.

 

Most of the bacon sold in the U.S. is "streaky" bacon. You know, those long striped slices of pink meat within white fat. Those are from the hog's belly.  

Which do people eat more at home?

Which do people eat more at home?

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Americans actually eat more sausage, but only slightly more. Sausage accounts for 19.8% of the pork Americans eat at home, and bacon is 18.1%. Ham is the most popular pork product, at 31%. Bacon, however, takes first prize when it comes to filling your kitchen with a delicious aroma.

How much bacon can you get from a 265-pound pig?

How much bacon can you get from a 265-pound pig?

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A 265-pound pig produces about 15 pounds of cured bacon. The pig will also give pork aficionados nearly 8 pounds of spare ribs and 28.5 pounds of cured ham.

Pork is a

Pork is a

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Pork becomes lighter when it’s cooked, but it’s actually a red meat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

A protein called myoglobin determines the color of meat. Pork has more myoglobin than chicken or fish, so it’s considered a red meat.

 

If you think pork is “the other white meat,” thank the National Pork Board. It began that campaign to combat pork’s reputation as a fatty protein.

Bacon can cause

Bacon can cause

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Bacon, salami, pepperoni, and other processed meats have high levels of nitrates and can trigger migraines in some people. These foods can dilate blood vessels, causing a pain message to be sent back to the brain.

 

If you get a migraine within a day or two of eating bacon, limit it for 4 weeks and keep track of your headaches.

If you are pregnant, you should avoid bacon.

If you are pregnant, you should avoid bacon.

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Although it’s doubtful that a doctor would tell a pregnant woman to gorge on bacon, it is rich in an essential nutrient called choline. Choline plays a vital role in the normal development of the brain, and studies show that pregnancy lowers a woman’s reserves.

 

Other healthier (but less sizzling) foods that are high in choline include wheat germ, eggs, and edamame.

Along with bacon lip balm, bacon floss, and bacon soap, you can buy:

Along with bacon lip balm, bacon floss, and bacon soap, you can buy:

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If you love the smell of bacon so much that you want to actually smell like bacon, Fargginay has a solution that won’t require you to dab bacon grease on your neck or wrists. The company’s bacōn Gold cologne offers a "sizzling citrus aroma with a slight hint of bacon."

 

To keep your breath meaty fresh, try Mr. Bacon’s bacon-flavored toothpaste. Your co-workers will love you.

You can cure bacon at home.

You can cure bacon at home.

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Making your own bacon will give you more control over its flavor, but it's not a snap: You’ll need: 

  • Fresh pork belly, sugar, salt, and spices for your cure
  • A place to dry and smoke your bacon 
  • Plenty of time -- curing can take 7 days

 

Who introduced presliced, packaged bacon to the U.S.?

Who introduced presliced, packaged bacon to the U.S.?

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Before Bavarian immigrant Oscar Mayer began selling presliced, packaged bacon in 1924, Americans were making their own bacon or buying it from butchers by the slab.

 

Mayer’s first bacon packaging had shingled slices of the meat wrapped in cellophane and placed on a cardboard frame. This innovative idea transformed Mayer from a minor bacon producer to a top brand.

Who inspired a life-size bust made out of bacon bits?

Who inspired a life-size bust made out of bacon bits?

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Actor Kevin Bacon, the inspiration for the trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, was the muse for a life-size bust made from bacon bits. In 2010, the owners of J&D’s Foods -- which makes bacon salt and other products -- asked sculptor Mike LaHue to make the bust to raise money for a childhood cancer charity. LaHue made Bacon Kevin Bacon in 3 months, using six or seven bottles of bacon bits.

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