Oh man, is bacon ever a controversial food. I'm actually confident that this post will freak half of you out, and get the other half of you excited. Bacon and red meat are such confused foods, people can't decide if they are healthy or unhealthy.
But here is the deal, when it comes to food, context matters. In fact, it matters a LOT. No one isolated food can necessarily be labeled as "good" or "bad" before you dig in, ask questions, and look at the big picture, especially when it comes to meat.
1) Format matters. The format in which you eat your meat matters. Items like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef, beef jerky, and canned meats are NOT the same as whole food cuts of meat. The format in which you eat your meat makes a huge difference. It is important to focus on whole food cuts of meat with minimal processing and minimal added ingredients.
2) Quality matters. This is not about being fancy or a “foodie”, it's about being real. The way an animal was raised, farmed, and what they ate has a huge impact on the quality of the meat they create for us to consume. The more an animal is exposed to pasture and sunlight, and consumes a natural diet the healthier the animal will be, and, in turn, their meat. Quality sources of meat are good sources of protein, natural fats, and fat-soluble nutrients. That is why it is important to ask questions, be inquisitive and get to know your farmer as much as possible.
3) Quantity matters. Too much of a good thing can still be a bad thing. Too much kale and too much water can be bad for you, the same goes for coconut oil, bacon and any other food you can think of. Just because something is deemed "healthy" doesn't mean you can go hog wild (pun intended) and eat it as much as you want.
4) Context matters. What you eat is just as important as what else you eat. Bacon in conjunction with a processed burger patty in a refined white bun with sugar-loaded ketchup is not going to be that good for you! Bacon in conjunction with fish, whole potatoes, asparagus with olive oil and sea salt is probat going to be just fine. #redsrecomendations
PS - I shared this recipe with my peeps at @trulocal
, so check out their blog for the full recipe!