This so-called drug has Americans consuming 32 billion strips annually. It was first introduced to the world by China in 1500 B.C. and...it's bacon.
This high-fat delight has taken some heat in the past couple of years with scientic reports stating that it is a level 1 carcinogen. Oh, and it's just as addictive as cocaine. But even with this alarming scientific evidence, the bacon industry only saw a 16.5 percent decline after the WHO report.
What makes bacon so addictive? Umami is a word used to describe the 5th flavor of taste. (The other four being bitter, salty, sweet, and sour.) Umami is described as delicious, salty-sweet, pleasantly savory, meaty, long-lasting, mouth-watering, full and mouth-coating, balances taste, and rounds out flavor. I think we can all agree that umami describes bacon.
The particular taste of umami causes a chemical reaction in the brain that leads to consistently craving the taste. We constantly want more and there's no shortage of ways to get your "fix".
Bacon is infused in our culture. Its a side, a garnish, seasoning, it's wrapped around other meats, added to cooked vegetables and salads, there's bacon flavored chips, bacon vodka, even bacon ice cream, the list goes on.
After the WHO report came out tarnishing bacon's good name, the public responded with outrage. #freebacon and #bacongeddon were formed and bacon pics flooded the internet. Americans felt so strongly about their bacon that the World Health Organization felt a need to reassure them. It publicly stated that it was "not saying to Stop eating bacon".
Whatever your opinion of bacon, it is best to consume responsibly by limiting consumption, even though as I write this I realize how absurd that sounds. Limit bacon...yeah right.
What do you think of America's obsession with bacon? Are you a bacon "addict"? You can read the WHO press release here: https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/ec6e65d3-8c37-417c-abd9-6ee6a2f5a81a
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