Porking Out

October 14, 2011 in Blog Recipes, General, Health, Nutrition by Mary Ireland

The article begins: “You’ve had bacon with eggs, bacon cheeseburgers and even bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. But how about bacon dessert?” Then they must have read my mind, because the next sentence is, “Don’t look so disgusted.”

Apparently bacon is a hot new item in doughnuts, cookies and even chocolate bars. A top seller at one doughnut shop is a doughnut topped with maple-flavored frosting and sprinkles of crispy bacon. Thinking of the calories in just the doughnut is enough to make my jeans tighter and then to add bacon on top -- oh my goodness! Let's add salt, more saturated fat, nitrates and other preservatives to the saturated fat, white flour and sugar in the doughnut. What are people thinking?

Other "new tasty treats" are chocolate-covered bacon strips, a doughnut with chocolate frosting and bacon, and chocolate bars that contain bacon bits. Two concoctions that are over the top (for me anyway) are a bacon-milk chocolate cookie –- the dough has pieces of bacon and milk chocolate chips in it and is topped with maple cream-cheese frosting and two strips of bacon after it is baked -- and then there are maple bacon bourbon-filled macaroons -- yes, let's add some alcohol to the sugar, saturated fat, salt and preservatives. There is only one thing missing: caffeine. Make mine a maple bacon bourbon-filled mocha macaroon.

In a variation of Dr. Grandma's post, "Can We Not Get Plump Enough with Sugar?, I have to ask, Can We not Get Plump Enough with doughnuts, chocolate, candy bars and cookies? It isn't just the additional calories and saturated fat. There are documented health issues related to eating bacon.

  • A study by Columbia University found that people who ate cured meats at least 14 times a month were more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • In Dr. Grandma's blog Not a Green Light for Large Portions of Red Meat she referenced a study by Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine that found processed meat intake has been associatedwith 42% higher risk of CHD and 19% higher risk of diabetes.
  • An American Institute of Cancer Research expert report based on an international five-year project that involved the work of nine independent teams of researchers, hundreds of peer reviewers, and a panel of 21 world-renowned experts found, “The evidence on processed meat is even more clear-cut than that on red meat, and the data do not show any level of intake that can confidently be shown not to be associated with risk.”

Just because you don't eat those "great" taste treats with bacon, doesn't mean that you are sentenced to live in the culinary doldrums of bland tasting food. Dr. Grandma believes that "Good Health Can Be Yummy." She backs that up with her recipes. If you haven't looked through the recipe section yet -- or in a while -- take a look. You will find such yummy breakfast treats like Country Blueberry Almond Breakfast Cake, Fruity Whole Grain Good Morning and my personal favorite Fresh Apple Muffins. You can have great taste while nourishing your body -- you can't beat that combination.

Country Blueberry Almond Breakfast Cake