The Two Things That Make Bacon Irresistible

Bacon has been the king of breakfast for decades, but over the past few years it has endured a bad rap for being unhealthy. Now, its image is being rehabilitated. You may not even know why you like bacon, but scientists do. Bacon is loaded with two ingredients that enhance the flavor of almost all foods: salt and fat. Salt brings out the flavor and fat carries it to our taste buds. Let’s face it, everything tastes better with bacon. It’s chewy, it’s crunchy, it’s savory, but slightly sweet — in other words, it hits all our flavor receptors at once. While it can’t be said that bacon is necessarily a healthy choice, it’s not the worst thing you can eat. Two average strips of bacon have 86 calories and 10% of your daily allowance of saturated fat, as well as 6 grams of protein. Although eating a lot of processed meats has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer, as well as heart failure and other diseases, doctors and nutritionists alike agree that two trips of bacon — with the grease poured off — along with a fried egg once a week is okay. Really? Once a week? If you love bacon, but want to be healthy, you’ll likely take that deal.