Happy National Bacon Day! Today, across the United States fellow bacon lovers will hopefully be chowing down on bacon, bacon products and participating in bacon propelled activities. If you’re taking part in the festives today then here are some awesome facts to exchange with your bacon loving pals.
1) Bacon’s Been Around Since 1500 BC
Records show that the Chinese enjoyed feasting on preserved and salted pork bellies. The Greeks and Romans also reportedly enjoyed slated pork.
2) Bacon Can Boost The Intelligence of A Foetus
Choline, which is a micronutrient found in pork products has been found to lead to better brain development, memory and recall as well as reduce the likelihood of heart problems.
3) Bacoun Versus Bacon
In Middle English dialect, bacoun was what people called all forms of pork. Bacon referred to only cured pork.
4) Bacon May Cure Hangovers
According to researchers from Newcastle University, amino acids in bacon can help hangovers as they replace neurotransmitters that may have been damaged when drinking.
5) Bacon Cologne Is On The Market
In 1920 John Fargginay, a Parisian butcher discovered a combination of essential oils that smelled like bacon. It quickly became a hit and inspired a company called Fargginay today that sells the cologne for $36. According to a study by Maple Leaf Foods, 23% of the male participants ranked bacon as their favourite fragrance.
6) Bacon Toothpaste Is On The Market
Start your day with bacon toothpaste, produced by Archie McPhee. The company claims that using the toothpaste is easier than brushing with bacon and that it imparts a smoky bacon flavour. It’s available for $5 here. This company also sells a variety of other bacon products; check them out!
7) Bacon Patents
In 2924, Oscar Mayer patented the first packaged, sliced bacon product. It is now the second best selling bacon brand in the US after Private Label.
8) On Average, An American Eats…
17.9 pounds of bacon per year. You’ll probably consume a quarter of that statistic today. Meanwhile, the average Brit eats 17.86 pounds of bacon per year. It is included in a full English breakfast after all!
9) Charles Dickens Liked His Bacon
The earliest written reference of streaky bacon can be found in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
10) Grilling versus Frying
According to a survey, 46% of people prefer to grill bacon while 37% prefer to fry it. What about the remaining 17%? Do they enjoy it raw?
Can’t get enough of these bacon facts? Check out this video from 5facts and learn about how bacon helped America win the Second World War – because, of course.