Could bacon be the next hot health craze? I doubt it.
But there are those who tout its benefits as a good-for-you indulgence.
Dr. John Salerno, for one, believes bacon is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Of course, he's also a protege of Dr. Robert Atkins (gasp), creator of the once-hot "eat all the bacon you want but don't dare touch a slice o' bread" Atkins Diet.
"Many think of bacon as one of the guiltiest pleasures possible, but it has also been shown to alleviate the effects of diabetes, heart disease and strokes," says Salerno, author of "The Silver Cloud Diet."
"Nitrate-free bacon is an excellent source of high-protein, low-carbohydrate energy that helps to reset the metabolism," he continues, "and it's filled with amino acids delivered without the risk of dangerous levels of mercury, which can be found in many fish."
Need more reasons to praise the pig?
* Bacon has a 4-to-1 ratio of protein to fat.
* It contains choline, which boosts memory and healthy brain function.
* It's composed of monounsaturated fats, the kind that contains lots of healthy fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.
* And it's a potent source of oleic acid and saturated fats, which help reduce levels of low- density lipoprotein (LDL), lower triglycerides and raise HDL, commonly referred to as the "good" type of cholesterol.
I do love the stuff and will continue to chomp down on more than my fair share. But let's not kid ourselves about its debatable health benefits.
Wheatgrass, it's not.
Of course, man cannot live on wheatgrass alone, which is why the occasional slab of bacon is such a joy.