By Danielle Workman |Staff Writer|
Bacon has always been the underdog in the food world. Not any more. The newest craze is bacon. Cupcakes, ice cream, soda, chocolate and much more are all being made with bacon.
People usually use it as a topping on a burger, or as a side with eggs, but bacon is rising to the top of not only popularity, but as a healthy food.
Dr. John Salerno, a celebrity dietitian and prodigy of the Atkins Diet, explains in the article, “Bacon-The Next Health Craze,” how bacon can be one of the healthiest foods to eat.
“Nitrate-free bacon is an excellent source of high protein, low-carbohydrate energy that helps to reset the metabolism and it’s ﬁlled with amino acids delivered without the risk of dangerous levels of mercury, which can be found in many ﬁsh,” stated Salerno.
As students, we don’t have time to sit down for a long, well prepared meal. Most of our meals are on the run.
Bacon is a healthy alternative to a sugary meal replacement.
Salerno shows how bacon has a 4:1 ratio of protein to fat.
So, instead of reaching for the sugary cereal or dry toast in the morning, cook some bacon. You will be full much longer and your taste buds will be satisﬁed.
If you do not have time to cook it yourself, Denny’s in the Santos Manuel Student Union, has a variety of options that serve bacon with their meal options.
Breakfast plates, burgers, sandwiches and even à la carte, bacon is served with many options.
As I strolled through our Coyote Market, I noticed we have many different options with bacon in them, including chips, wraps and ﬂavored crackers.
Although these options seem normal, bacon is making appearances in some decadent desserts and dishes that you wouldn’t normally think of.
Student Abe Acklin has created his own cupcake business, called AbieCakes Cupcakery. One of the more recent cupcakes Abe bakes is the “Bacon Cupcake.”
When asked, “What inspired you to add bacon to your cupcakes?” he responded, “I decided to do a bacon cupcake so people can see the many different ways bacon can be used. I also wanted people to have a nice treat with one of the best things BACON!!!”
Not only is bacon being used on cupcakes, but the savory bacon ﬂavor is being infused through hot sauces and sodas.
“I would rather have bacon hot sauce than bacon soda. I only eat turkey bacon now anyways,” said student Geselle Martinez.
Bacon is now crumbled, mixed and drizzled onto anything imaginable.
Student Megan DiLello explained one of her favorite Italian dishes that includes bacon.
“One of my favorite dishes is called Pancetta. It is a mixture of shrimp, bacon and pasta. Delicious!”
As you can see, bacon is frying, grilling and rising to the top. People are becoming more and more creative with their bacon recipes. It may or may not be a come and go craze, but if it is come and join the party while its sizzling!