Bacon Lovers Unite!

The following article appeared in Men’s Journal.

A new study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reanalyzed the data from 21 studies on the relationship between saturated-fat consumption and heart disease.  The conclusion?  There is no relationship, beyond a weak correlation between the ration of saturated to polyunsaturated fats in your diet.

In other words, eating saturated fat – the number one reason you’ve avoided bacon – seems to have no negative health effects as long as you also get enough polyunsaturated fat (found in nuts and vegetable oils).

Here’s an even bigger suprise: Bacon fat is mostly a monounsaturated oil called oleic acid – the same thing found in olive oil – while bacon’s saturated fat, about 39 percent of its total fat, comes in the form of stearic acid, which the body converts to oleic acid.  The rest of bacon’s fat – about 11 percent – is superhealthy polyunsaturated fat.

The upshot?

If you care about your heart, eat more bacon.


About Zach Younkin

I'm currently enrolled at Western Governors University, pursuing my degree in Accounting. I'm hoping that this blog provides you with some encouragement to be what God has promised you. This blog collects dust, which is unfortunate. Keep your eyes open for some sporadic blog posts. I spend more time on Twitter, so go follow me there. @zachyounkin
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2 Responses to Bacon Lovers Unite!

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  2. Gary Darton says:

    This is a very interesting study. I never thought that bacon wouldn't have been bad for you as long as you had enough polyunsaturated fat. Great news.

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