Bacon News


Our family has been eating an average of half a pound of bacon a day for several months. 

We love it and know that animal fat is not bad for us. But, despite my passion for bacon , I decided today not to eat anymore of the the so called "Natural" bacon.

I am on day 4 of a Whole9 Whole30 day Program.  I am determined to find out how it feels to cut out  all dairy and sugar (even xylitol and stevia) for 30 days.  That is the main difference between the challenge and my every day diet (as I often "cheat" on the  occasional  chocolate  or coffee Hagen Dazs). The other main difference is that the Whole30 program is pretty strict about processed food. 

I was careful  to avoid carcinogenic nitrates in processed meat before starting this 30 day challenge. There are many in the low carb and primal blogesphere laughing at my stupidity, saying that veggies contain more naturally occurring nitrates than those added to processed meat, therefore the fear of nitrates in bacon is overblown. I disagree. 

Melissa Hartwig of Whole9, said "bacon isn't off-limits during your Whole30, but it has to follow the same rules as everything else. No added sugar or nitrates/nitrites are often the stumbling block for commercially produced bacon, but if you can find some high quality stuff without the additives, it's good to go on the Whole30."
So I examined my bacon. I already knew so called "natural" products are a complete scam but because my bacon is nitrate free, I felt as a food, I could trust the label. Then  I discovered  Lloyd Alter post, So-called "Nitrite-Free" Bacon Is Full Of It, where he says,  ..." sure enough, (Schneider's County bacon) has a big "No nitrites added" label that drew me in, an asterisk noting *except for those naturally occurring in the ingredients, which include cultured celery extract"

And as Sarah Novak discovered, "current labeling standards require products that use the non-synthetic source of nitrites and nitrates to say "Uncured" or "No nitrates or nitrites added," when products are cured and nitrites and nitrates are added, just from a natural source.The Cultured Celery Extract, is biochemically identical to nitrates. To top it off, Sarah pointed to this excerpt from a July 2011 New York Times article: 

"A study published earlier this year in The Journal of Food Protection found that natural hot dogs had anywhere from one-half to 10 times the amount of nitrite that conventional hot dogs contained. Natural bacon had from about a third as much nitrite as a conventional brand to more than twice as much"

I fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

Now I'm off to go buy some 100% pastured, organic, nitrate/nitrite-free, family-farmed bacon. 


  1. Thanks for this post....I have been falling for this bacon label as well. What a scam. Now...supporting local pig farmer.

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