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    The Healing Powers of Bacon?

    Bacon is not only a tasty source of protein, but it can be an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Can you believe in the past few years, bacon was disgraced and shunned for having saturated fats and a high sodium content. Thanks to low carb diets and modern research, it is now known that protein and good fats are actually part of a healthy diet!

    Still don’t believe it? Read on to find out why eating bacon is good for you and how the healing powers of bacon can lead you to a much happier and healthier lifestyle.

    1. Sodium.
    Your body cannot survive without sodium. It is the mineral that maintains your blood volume and regulates your blood pressure. In turn, your organs and muscles are able to receive the necessary amount of blood to continue doing their job. Sodium is found in just about every food. The key is to stay within your required daily need for sodium. One serving of bacon contains about a tenth of the daily requirement for adults, so adding it in to an otherwise healthy diet can be beneficial. If sodium is a specific concern to you and your current state of health, sodium-free bacon is available! In short, sodium is your friend and bacon can help introduce the two of you and help you keep in touch.

    2. Choline.
    Choline is a much needed nutrient to the human body and mind, and is even found to be at work in utero. Choline has been associated with building and maintaining memory and may even support a healthy mind as we get older! Basically, eating bacon in moderation will help you to remember, among other things, to keep bacon in your diet. It's a win-win situation!

    3. Healthy fats.
    Monounsaturated fats can be good for your heart and play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Incidentally, monounsaturated fats are found in bacon and are also responsible for keeping you feeling full for a longer period of time compared to foods high in carbohydrates. Be sure to eat your bacon to keep your heart healthy and distract your mind from needless snacking!

    4. Vitamins and Minerals.
    Food is fuel for your body and bacon is no exception to this rule. Your body produces little to no vitamins and minerals, so deriving these from food sources and supplements is necessary to keep you alive and kicking. Vitamins and minerals are used everywhere in the body from top to bottom. Bacon contains Vitamins B, iron, potassium and magnesium, all of which your body will break down and use to keep you in working order. Bacon is a delicious way to give your body the nutrients it needs.

    5. Dopamine.
    When you do something that you feel good about or that you perceive is good for you, your brain's reward center is activated. Now that you know that bacon can be good for you, when you eat it you will feel better about yourself. This in turn will cause you to want to continue your healthy diet and lifestyle. It's kind of like bacon is both the end and the means to feeling better about yourself.

    So there you have it, the healing powers of bacon on your whole body and overall health are undeniable. Eating bacon in moderation as part of a healthy diet is good for you and can be the motivation in starting or continuing to change the way you eat and can even aid you in your journey to losing weight. You will feel better inside and out while knowing that the scrumptious serving of bacon that you include in your diet is your secret weapon in keeping yourself in top-notch shape.

    Here’s one last hot tip! Visit Isle Waterloo all October long to enjoy bacon and other pork dishes during The Big PigOut taking over the amazing Isle restaurants!

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