Eat Quinoa, Die anyway – Going in to bat for bacon

 

 

Last month I flicked on the goggle box and there it was – bacon. The staple Sunday morning hangover cure for many of Franklin’s residents including yours truly, has been condemned by the World Health Organisation.

It’s hard to argue that bacon isn’t one of the world’s most delicious foods. But unfortunately, its reputation has been damaged over the years and is now being spoken about in the same negative light as cigarettes and alcohol. For most people, it is considered more of a guilty pleasure than part of a balanced diet. However, bacon is actually healthier than the Medical Establishment would lead you to believe.
Let’s start with the unspeakable ‘N word’ of the twenty first century: Nitrates. Nitrates are NOT artificial compounds that are unique to this tasty treat. In fact our bodies are loaded with them and the biggest source of nitrates is actually vegetables.
Even our own saliva contains massive amounts and they are natural parts of our bodily processes. That’s not to say we should eat bacon daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but I think it’s notable to point out that it isn’t exclusively linked to cured meats.
Secondly, bacon also contains protein, and while it may not contain as much as a cut of steak for example, a few slices provide a decent amount. It is also low in carbohydrates and actually stops food cravings.
Thirdly, it tastes sublime. Your taste buds will reward you with feelings of mouth-watering joy that mung beans and quinoa just cannot provide.
Health buffs may disagree but I also believe that life is too short for intense exercise. You only have to look at the Aesop’s popular fable ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ for inspiration. The story concerns a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise. Tired of the Hare’s boastful behaviour, the Tortoise challenges him to a race which he duly wins. In real life the Tortoise is also the true winner. They put minimal effort into maintaining their figure and enjoy a life expectancy of 190 years, while the Hare constantly runs, eats grass, herbs and cereal crops, but only lives for five.
It was a sad twist of irony that played out last week, when the super fit French Olympic triathlete, Laurent Vidal, passed away in his sleep from a heart attack, aged 31. On the exact same day the aptly named singer, Meatloaf, a man who is over twice the age and physique of Vidal, took to the stage in New York to kick off yet another tour.
This only highlights to me that fitness, while it shouldn’t be ignored in maintaining a good lifestyle balance, doesn’t actually guarantee you longevity or happiness.
A little jog twice a week and some bacon for breakfast sounds like a good plan to me.

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