For your entire life you have been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a way to jumpstart your metabolism, giving your body the fuel it needs to get up and get going. If this is so, why are most ‘traditional’ breakfasts so unhealthy? Here is some food for thought – no pun intended, of course!
Fat, Fat and More Fat
This is a real dilemma for most people. What is a good, hearty breakfast without a couple eggs and a few slices of freshly cooked bacon? Let’s break this down for a moment and you’ll see that bacon and eggs really aren’t all that unhealthy in moderation. This means that you shouldn’t eat a 3-egg omelet with 4 slices of bacon every morning, but you can eat bacon and eggs with a couple slices of toast a couple times a week with no, or very little danger, to your health. So then how much fat is too much? You’d be surprised at what you can eat if you use common sense.
The Most Recent Dietary Guidelines
According to recent publications by the Mayo Clinic, calculations were based on a 2,000 calorie diet. The guidelines state that approximately 400 to 700 calories can be obtained from dietary fat, which of course, includes bacon. Since 2 slices of bacon contain about 84 calories from fat, that should be safe. Now then, lets move on to eggs. In two eggs there are approximately 147 calories of which 53% consist of fat when using a whole egg and not just the whites alone. Since that equates to roughly 78 calories from fat, you are now at a total of about 162 of those 400 to 700 calories allowed from dietary fat. That’s not as bad as you might think except the side dishes you are likely to include and then the butter used if frying your eggs. Let’s move on from here to make that breakfast a little healthier!
Organic Bacon Is a Must
Before getting into ways to reduce the fat content a little further, let’s look at the difference between what the USDA defines as the difference between cured and uncured bacon. The answer is really simple. Since ‘uncured’ bacon is still cured with natural brine, the name is a bit of a misnomer. Most companies cure bacon with nitrates and nitrites, chemicals known to be hazardous to your health. Therefore, you should always seek out organic bacon which will be made from animals fed organic foods minus any antibiotics or hormones and will be ‘cured’ with natural salt brine as opposed to nitrates and nitrites. The key takeaway here is that fat is only one concern. The chemicals used in processing bacon are just as much a concern if not a greater concern!
A Few Random Tips and Tricks
Finally, you should know that there are also ways to reduce the harm those ‘fats’ may cause your coronary arteries. With more than 600,000 people dying of heart disease annually and of those at least 370,000 are from coronary artery disease most often the result of clogged arteries (from fat!), then you may want to learn ways to reduce the impact from the fat you are consuming. Instead of fried potatoes or an order of toast slathered with butter, why not add a bowl of oatmeal with agave syrup instead of sugar? Oats have been proven to keep cholesterol at bay, so if you must have toast, oatmeal bread sans the butter is ideal! Now you can feel free to eat organic bacon and eggs for breakfast and get that jumpstart your body needs. Isn’t that nice to know?