Can You Ever Eat Bacon?

Q: Can you ever eat bacon?

Oz Says: Yes, you can!

All right, I've never prescribed a daily dose of bacon to a patient — and I'm not about to start now — but that doesn't mean there's no room for it in a healthy diet. Bacon has an impressive superpower: It can make just about anything taste delicious, even foods you dislike or aren't in the mood for. If a serving (that's two strips) gets you to eat something healthy that you wouldn't otherwise — say, crumbled over a big salad on a day when greens seem meh — go for it. Just balance out the sodium and calories with everything else you're eating.

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Did you know? Picking turkey bacon over pork saves only about 20 calories, so just choose whichever kind you like most.

Pro tip: Naturally cured bacon is best, says Marisa Moore, R.D.: "Artificially cured bacon usually contains nitrates, which have been linked to health problems."

Three Oz-Approved Ways to Eat Bacon

The trick with bacon is to use it as a seasoning, not the main event of your meal. So cook a strip or two until it's crispy, crumble it up, and then…

  1. Add it to roasted veggies; like our broccoli recipe here (also good: cauliflower, asparagus, carrots).
  2. Mix it into a leafy green salad with your favorite raw vegetables (we like avocado and tomato).
  3. Stir it into a bowl of veggies and whole grains, like brown rice or farro.

This story originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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