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Bacon is a pork product commonly known by the public to be a guilty pleasure; it's tasty but also unhealthy. If you're Jewish or Muslim, you're missing out.


In 2015, the World Health OrganizationWikipedia stated habitual processed meat (including bacon) consumption increases the risk of colorectal cancersWikipedia by eighteen percent.[1][2]

In 2018, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that there was sufficient evidence that processed meat (e.g., bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef, hot dogs, and jerky)[note 1] causes cancer of the colorectum.[2]:497 IARC found that there were also "[p]ositive associations have been observed between consumption of processed meat and cancer of the stomach." Additionally, IARC found that there was limited evidence that consumption of red meat (including bacon) has a positive association with cancers of the pancreas and prostate.[2]:497 What this means is that the more processed meat (and possibly even red meat) that you eat, the more likely it is that you will get cancer.[2]:497

Processed meats are also known to contain three different classes of chemicals that are carcinogenic in rodents: heterocyclic aromatic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and nitrosamines.[2]

Health claims[edit]

Bacon has good fat[edit]

Bacon fat breakdown[3]
50% MonounsaturatedWikipedia
40% Saturated fatWikipedia
10% PolyunsaturatedWikipedia

While it is true that 50% percent of bacon fat is monounsaturated (a "good" fat), and also contains some omega-3 fatty acids (very good fats). Bacon also has a very high percentage of total fat, as well as bad or saturated fat (40%).[4] Bacon is also high in salt, and a high salt diet is associated with high blood pressure.

Bacon (and other processed meats) can still be incorporated in a healthy diet, it just has to be consumed in low amounts and only occasionally.[4] This moderate consumption is not practiced in America and Canada due to Bacon mania.Wikipedia

Bacon has nutritional value[edit]

Bacon is an excellent source of protein and contains decent amounts of minerals.[3][5] The beneficial nutritional aspects of bacon are outweighed by the negative aspects of bacon,[4] and those beneficial aspects can all be easily obtained from more healthy sources such as olive oil, poultry and fish.


See the main article on this topic: Propaganda

Following a trend in the 1980s in the US of healthier eating and the understanding that saturated fat and cholesterol were unhealthy, the price of pork bellies (from which bacon is derived) collapsed to as low as 19¢ per pound. US pork producers had to export the pork bellies to Easter Europe to make any profit at all. Enter marketing: the National Pork Board began pushing bacon into various products, especially fast food hamburgers.[6]

  • "It's better with bacon."
  • "Everything goes with bacon."
  • "Even cats are improved by bacon."[7]

Pray unto thee[edit]


  1. Processed meat is meat that has been salted, cured, fermented, smoked or otherwise had its flavor enhanced to improve preservation.[2]:33


Icon fun.svg For those of you in the mood, RationalWiki has a fun article about Bacon.
  1. "Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO". Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Red Meat and Processed Meat IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans, Volume 114 (2018) International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Truth About Bacon by Janie McQueen (2016) WebMD.
  6. The Bacon Boom Was Not an Accident by David Sax (October 06, 2014) Bloomberg Businessweek (archived from October 13, 2014).
  7. An ode to bacon and the bacon sundae by Alexandra Petri (June 13, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. EDT) The Washington Post.