Bringing Home the Bacon

//Bringing Home the Bacon

“Bringing home the bacon” refers to money that you bring home from a hard days’ work.  But after you discover what is really in bacon,  you might want to consider whether or not it is something you really want to bring home…to your breakfast table!

Do you love the taste of crispy bacon?  If I’m honest, I’d have to admit that I do!  There’s just something about it! Maybe it’s my southern upbringing.  Bacon was a part of every good southern home cooked breakfast. However, in the last few years, I have begun to think again about my love for these small strips of yummy “sin!”

Good friends and personal trainers/owners of The Trainers Edge, Trey and Becky Himes, did a recent blog on pork that backed up all my findings and concerns about the dangers of consuming pork products.  To read their full post, click here.

These are a few facts Trey and Becky compiled about PORK.

  • Pigs have a simple stomach arrangement unlike cows, goats, sheep, oxen or buffalo.
  • Therefore, whatever a pig eats it goes straight to the stomach and out the back end in four hours max.  So, whatever the pig eats you are basically eating.
  • Pigs are bottom feeders, scavengers, mobile trash compactors (Jordan Rubin)
  • Compare the pig’s digestive tract to the cow and the animals listed above. They have essentially three to four stomachs- the alimentary canal, the stomach, and the secondary cud receptacle to “wash and rinse” their vegetarian based diet. Unlike the Pig
  • Science also tells us that pork digests improperly in the human digestive system. The fat portion of the meat is digested but the remainder of the meat is left to ferment in the intestines.
  • Bacon and pork products are loaded with sodium nitrite.  These toxic preservatives become nitrosamines in the stomach—one of the most potent cancer causing agents know to man.
  • Eating pork products slows down the body’s ability to fight diseases and impairs the immune system.

Two more fun facts to add to this disgusting list, is that because of all the garbage pigs eat and because of how their stomachs are designed, pigs typically contain thousands of worms.  You may be thinking, “Who cares, the heat will kill them (and if heat doesn’t do it, surely all the preservatives will)!”  Secondly, pork has the highest fat content of any meat. So if weight loss is your goal, avoid pork!

Well, I don’t think I’m not going to eat it and take my chances.

So between worms and large amounts of salt and toxic preservatives, pork seems to be something that is better left in the pig pen!

Anyone else know any pork fun facts?


  • found this too: Pork takes approximately four and a half to five hours to digest. What’s important to note about foods that take a significantly longer time to digest than others is that any easily digestible foods are held in the stomach until the slowest digesting foods are released. During this lay time, fruit, vegetables, and other fast-digesting foods begin to ferment—producing gas, acid, and indigestion

    Rachel Brewer 16.06.2010
    • OOOooo! Good info Rachel!! Thank you for sharing! And Christie, Turkey bacon is a great alternative! Thank you for sharing as well!!

  • I eat nitrate free turkey bacon! Doesn’t crisp up as well, but it’s still good for a treat!

    Christie Ducote 16.06.2010

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