bacon

Ah, bacon. How we love thee. Bacon has had a bad health rap for a while, but it’s fine in moderation. Here are 5 facts you didn’t know about the king of breakfast foods.

1. People Just Love the Taste and Smell

Bacon flavouring is added to lots of products, even strange ones like bacon flavour lip balm or candied bacon, right through to downright bizarre ones like bacon scented underwear and pillowcases…

There was even a combi toaster and alarm clock called the Wake ‘n Bacon. It promised to wake us up with fresh cooked bacon, but sadly it never made it past the prototype stage.

Why do people love bacon so much? It turns out that bacon contains two things that enhance the flavour of almost anything – salt and fat. Bacon is also chewy and crunchy, and gives our flavour receptors a hit of what they crave.

2. It’s Britain’s Favourite Snack

In a recent poll, the good old bacon sandwich was voted Britain’s most popular snack. It beat cheese on toast and sausage rolls to the top spot. Loaded onto white bread and smothered in red or brown sauce it tastes amazing. Apparently sauce preference has a north/south divide – southerners prefer red sauce, while northerners prefer brown on their bacon butty.

3. It’s a Hangover Cure

While drinking water after a binge can flush your system, bacon allegedly has restorative qualities too. Apparently the amino acids in bacon can help clear your head, and it tastes far better than water. If you load it onto a sandwich, it helps even more. This is backed up by scientific research by Newcastle University’s Centre for Life.

4. It Isn’t Too Bad for Your Health

Ok, so bacon is never going to be a healthy choice, but it’s not as bad for you as we’ve been told in the past. Two strips of fried bacon with the fat drained off have only 86 calories and 10 per cent of your recommended daily fat intake. It also contains 6 grams of protein.

5. Bacon Fat Was Used to Make Explosives in World War II

During the war, American households were encouraged to donate their leftover bacon grease to the war effort. Rendered fats were used to create glycerin, which went into making bombs, gunpowder and other munitions. There was even a promotional film starring Pluto and Minnie Mouse that gave a stern lecture to housewives of the time for throwing out more than 2 billion pounds of grease every year!