Bacon love is often plagued by misinformation and wishful thinking. Here are five myths about this newly maligned national culinary pastime:
  1. Bacon is always delicious.
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    Before the 20th century, most of it was cured at home and NOT delicious.
  2. Bacon is belly meat.
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    Only in the United States does bacon refer exclusively to pork belly.
  3. Bacon has always been what’s for breakfast.
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    Marketing efforts didn't make bacon a breakfast staple until the 1950s.
  4. Uncured bacon is nitrate-free.
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    "Nitrate-free" or uncured bacon likely contains celery powder, which contains naturally occurring nitrates.
  5. Eating bacon is as risky as smoking.
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    Smoking, asbestos and processed meats all have solid links to cancer. But that doesn’t mean they have the same level of risk.