Bacon is a fantastic source or Niacin (a.k.a vitamin B3), a compound that actually lowers cholesterol and is used to lower the risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease. Niacin also “tricks the body into believing that it is exercising,” according to the study, and promotes the production of free radicals, which the study claims is a good thing.
The study was conducted by ETH Zurich through feeding roundworms niacin. The roundworms that were fed niacin lived 10% longer than the control selections. Ten percent of a month (the average roundworm lifespan) is three days — for humans, 10% could mean 10 more years of life. So the worms lived longer, and science suggests that more niacin for humans might have the same effect.
For the record, 100 grams of pork has about 54% of your daily value of niacin. For the record, the same amount of fish (like cooked tuna) has about 110% of your daily value of niacin by comparison. However, most would prefer to simply eat twice the bacon.
So is bacon good or bad for us? Doctors can’t be sure, but it’s good for the soul! Take a moment to enjoy some of the greasier things life has to offer, and eat bacon for better health!