Bacon is one of the most popular butcher’s products in Poland. It is relatively cheap and very tasty, and this is due to the high-fat content, which is the carrier of the taste. Is it worth introducing it to your daily diet?
A large amount of energy in a small portion
Due to its high-fat content, bacon is a high-calorie product – 100 g of the product provides as much as 326 kcal. High-fat content determines the proper absorption of soluble vitamins – A, D, E, and K.
A thin slice of bacon weighs approx. 10 g. The nutritional value in a bacon portion (10 g) is as follows
– energy value 32.6 kcal,
– 1.7 g protein,
– 2.9 g fat, incl
saturated fatty acids 1.3 g,
monounsaturated fatty acids 1.1 g,
polyunsaturated fatty acids from the omega-6 group 0.3 g,
– 6.4 mg cholesterol,
– total carbohydrates 0 g,
– dietary fiber 0 g.
Low in vitamins and minerals
Due to its high-fat content, bacon is a product with no regulatory ingredients. The bacon patch delivers
– 0.3 mg of niacin,
– 0.1 mg of cobalamin,
– 0,1 mg of vitamin E,
– 6.6 mg of sodium,
– 9,5 mg of phosphorus,
– 1 mg of magnesium,
– 25.3 mg of potassium,
– 0.1 mg of iron,
– 0.2 mg of zinc.
A source of fat
Bacon is a rich source of fat, mainly saturated fatty acids. Saturated fat provides a significant amount of energy – 1 g of fat is 9 kcal. This energy must be used, otherwise, it will be deposited in the form of adipose tissue. Excess saturated fat leads to the development of the cardiovascular disease.
The bacon also has favorable fats, i.e. mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acids lower the concentration of LDL cholesterol and lipoproteins (atherosclerotic fraction), thereby increasing the number of HDL lipoproteins in the blood. In turn, the omega-6 fatty acids contained in the bacon act pro-inflammatory.
The source of cholesterol
Bacon contains large amounts of cholesterol. 100 g of the product provides as much as 64 mg of this ingredient, which is 20% of the daily requirement. Cholesterol is an animal sterol that is synthesized in part of the human body. It is necessary for the formation of vitamin D, production of bile acids and the synthesis of steroid hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, aldosterone. Products rich in this component support the functioning of the reproductive system, improve fertility and help the body in stressful situations. Cholesterol deficiency is just as dangerous as its excess. Too much cholesterol increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
In summary, in some situations, bacon should be introduced to the daily diet. It works great especially for people whose caloric demand is high.