5 Myths About Bacon

Bacon love is often plagued by misinformation and wishful thinking. Here are five myths about this newly maligned national culinary pastime: http://wapo.st/1Q3GflT
  1. 1.
    Bacon is always delicious.
    Before the 20th century, most of it was cured at home and NOT delicious.
  2. 2.
    Bacon is belly meat.
    Only in the United States does bacon refer exclusively to pork belly.
  3. 3.
    Bacon has always been what’s for breakfast.
    Marketing efforts didn't make bacon a breakfast staple until the 1950s.
  4. 4.
    Uncured bacon is nitrate-free.
    "Nitrate-free" or uncured bacon likely contains celery powder, which contains naturally occurring nitrates.
  5. 5.
    Eating bacon is as risky as smoking.
    Smoking, asbestos and processed meats all have solid links to cancer. But that doesn’t mean they have the same level of risk.