Bacon… we all love this versatile ingredient that makes every dish taste delicious, and is easy to prepare, as well. But not all varieties of this salty meat are the same. If you want to make sure you’re getting the best variety for these recipes, just follow these 3 tips the next time you go grocery shopping!
3 Tips For Buying The Best Kind of Bacon
- Choose bacon that uses natural forms of nitrates/nitrites
What are nitrates and nitrites? They are basically preservatives and they can be artificial (cured) or natural – in the form of sea salt or celery juice, most commonly (uncured). Whether artificial or natural, it’s the same thing. If you want to avoid everything artificial on your diet, then go for types that uses natural forms like celery juice.
- Choose bacon that’s free from added antibiotics and hormones and from pigs raised in a humane manner
Unfortunately, most of the bacon that you buy in your local supermarket comes from hogs that were raised in conditions that would make you shudder. They were likely fed an abundance of grains, soy and who knows what else – and were injected frequently with antibiotics and hormones. Unlike cows, pigs don’t eat just grass, but neither should they be raised on the food that they’re fed in most factory farms. Whenever possible, buy your meats from your local farmer or somewhere you know is properly raising and feeding the hogs.
- Choose bacon that’s sugar-free
You may be surprised to hear most brands found in grocery stores contains added sugar or honey or maple syrup. Have a close look at the list of ingredients before you buy your favorite brand!