“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent
Much like some of our favorite controversial superheroes, bacon has long divided a nation, celebrated in its ability to bring joy to the lives of many, while carrying a reputation of utter destruction. In light of the news that processed meats are linked to bowel cancer, said the World Health Organization (WHO), bacon must take its fair share of the blame, if not all of it. It is, after all, one of the most consumed processed meats.
However, there was a time when we once loved bacon, so let us take a look back on bacon’s contributions to society before we banish it for good.
Here are bacon’s greatest moments in history as told by a true bacon lover
What’s A BLT Without The B
From bacon egg and cheese to the Baconator, bacon’s uncanny ability to enhance the taste of almost any sandwich will be remembered for ages to come. Guac is extra and so is bacon, but I never check the price of bacon.
It’s The Bacon Bits
Bacon’s addition to 80 percent of salads out there is one of its greatest feats. Though bacon bits are typically not made of actual bacon, just the thought that people who are hell bent on eating healthy would still add some sort of bacon flavor to enhance their otherwise “healthy” choice of a meal is astounding.
Bacon’s attempt at redemption, aimed at capturing the hearts of an otherwise bacon-resistant demographic, was a successful campaign. Non-bacon eaters everywhere clamored to introduce “bacon” to their meals via a meat source that wasn’t viewed as taboo.
Bring Home The Bacon
Only awarded to the most respected men i the community, a quart of bacon was awarded to any man in a particular town in England who could swear before God and his congregation that he and his wife had not fought in a year and a day. How’s that for heroics?!
Bacon On A Stick
Sold at the Iowa State Fair, a 3/8-inch thick slice of bacon cooked and propped on a stick, like a corn dog, may have tipped the scales on danger and deliciousness.