July 5, 2012

Sushi Bacon Seems Inevitable

1 "Bacon" Can Now Mean Goat, Duck or Rabbit

A wave of "alternate bacons" are being created by chefs to deal with the classic Bacon Ambivalence: people love the way it tastes, but are bothered by the health and caloric implications of eating fried pork belly. The alternates include veal bacon, lamb bacon, goat bacon, bacon made of lamb and goat pressed together, duck bacon, and even rabbit bacon. In some cases, such as lamb and goat, the belly meat is used, and in others, such as duck and rabbit, the breast or loin, but in all cases the meat is cured with some blend of sugar, salt and herbs, and then smoked and dried using the same process as pork bacon. Whether these alt-animal bacons are any healthier is unclear, but for vegetarians and calorie-counters, at least one Chicago restaurant serves portobello mushroom bacon.

More at Suntimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Bacon Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Tags: Bacon, Alternative Bacons, Lamb Bacon, Goat Bacon, Veal Bacon, Duck Bacon, Rabbit Bacon, Portobello Bacon, Healthy Bacons, Non-Pork Bacon, New Bacons

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Fat Hurts and Helps

2 ObesIty Protects the Heart After It Fails

While obesity increases the odds of heart failure, it also appears to reduce the risk of death and other associated problems based on results from a study conducted by researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles. Scientists determined the body mass index (BMI) of around 2,700 people with heart failure and 469 had their belly circumference measured. A BMI of 25 or higher and a waist circumference of at least 40 inches and 37 inches in men and women, respectively, were categorized as high. Men and women with normal BMIs were at an increased risk for poor outcomes by 34 and 38 percent, respectively. Researchers believe that more muscle mass, more metabolic reserves from fat tissue and more anti-inflammatory lipoproteins may explain what is known as the "obesity paradox."

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: The Fatter You Are, the Fewer Heart Attacks

Tags: BMI, Body Mass Index, Fat Tissue, Heart Failure, Obesity, Obesity Paradox, Waist Circumference

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