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Good food made bad: chicken-fried bacon

A reader sent me the following video. Watching it, it’s easy to see why pretty much all the people shown are fat. Of course, the narrator implies that it’s the meat that causes the problem. Readers of this blog will immediately spot the true cause.

As if bacon all by itself isn’t plenty good…

(When the notice comes up saying the owner of the video doesn’t allow embedding, simply click again and you will be taken to YouTube where the video will play.)

10 Comments

  1. David LaCivita on December 8, 2006 at 11:59 am

    This guy deserves a Nobel Prize for population control.

    And yes, bacon by itself IS “plenty good.” It is proof God loves us.

    Hi David–

    Brilliant!  I couldn’t have said it better.

    Thanks–

    MRE

  2. John Spaulding on December 8, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    Homer Simpson said it best: “If God didn’t want us to eat animals, then He shouldn’t have made them out of meat.”

    Hi John–

    Leave it to Homer to come up with just the right phrasing.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  3. mrfreddy on December 8, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    hmm, maybe I’ve finally found a reason to buy one of those low carb flours out there… seems like you could cook up a batch of “chicken fried bacon”, only make it low carb style…

    btw, the way that guy in the video looks and sounds doesn’t exactly recommend his product.

    Hi mrfreddy–

    MMM, mmm, low-carb-flour-battered chicken fried bacon.  And low-carb-flour white gravy.  I think I’ll pass.  I love bacon just as it is; the idea of chicken frying it isn’t appealing at all.  Although, I will admit, if I’m ever in Snooks, Texas, I’ll probably give it a try just to see.
    Maybe the guy in the video is a real testimonial for his product:  If you eat chicken-fried bacon every day, you’ll look just like me.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  4. Nancy M. on December 8, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    I liked how he said something like, “If it is bad for you your body will tell you”, while I see cigarette smoke swirling in the background. 🙂

    The only thing that could make this better would be some trans fat!

    Hi Nancy–

    Don’t forget the high-fructose corn syrup.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  5. Daniel Chong on December 8, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    …..truly amazing.

    In light of this story, thought everyone reading this site would enjoy the following as well. Not quite nutritionally sound, but funny nonetheless. Which side do you think chicken-fried bacon came from??

    “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and
    populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green
    and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives. Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled. And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour
    from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And
    Woman went from size 6 to size 14. So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast. God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholester ol went through the roof.
    God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake
    and named it “Devil’s Food.”
    God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might
    lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote
    control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And
    Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light
    and gained pounds. Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and
    brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin
    and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

    God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories
    and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and
    its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with
    that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said,
    “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.
    God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
    Then Satan created HMOs.”

    Hi David–

    Thanks for the great poem.  I suspect that the chicken-fried bacon came from old Scratch himself. I wonder what God’s going to do to compensate.
    Cheers–

    MRE

  6. Scott Kustes on December 9, 2006 at 9:53 am

    I bet it tastes good though. If I’m ever in Snook, which I can’t foresee any reason why I would ever be in Snook, I’ll probably try it to say I have. What’s a little chicken-fried bacon in a normally healthy diet? My favorite line though: “This is good. Just needs more salt.” And I do like his take on personal responsibility.

  7. Paul B. on December 9, 2006 at 1:21 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that video is eerie? With the background, lighting, grayness, etc it reminds me of the first half of an Eli Roth movie.

    Maybe most people today really have made a deal with the devil–to hell with health and a pleasing appearance, in return for effortless eating and a daily sugar/starch high. Every now and then I get tired doing all my own cooking (especially when work is really demanding) and I can see why someone would say to hell with it and lose themselves in carbs. Not my style but I understand it.

  8. Ann Blachly on December 11, 2006 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t know if a lay person should be posting here, but I had some thoughts to share after reading a previous blog (sent to me in Dr. Ravnskov’s http://www.thincs.org e-mail) that had a link to this blog and comments.

    “Paul said: Every now and then I get tired doing all my own cooking (especially when work is really demanding) and I can see why someone would say to hell with it and lose themselves in carbs.”

    Paul you are so right. Carbs do seem to be easier, but the declining health and difficulty with excess weight by eating that way is just not rational.

    Do you cook ahead those delicious meats and put the extra in the refrigerator or freezer for the ‘demanding’ days? Do you have a slow cooker…on a timer? They are nice for some meats.

    Frying really doesn’t take that long. Do you have a timer, so you don’t get lost in thought and forget?

    I really appreciate the research all of you and others do, so people like me can get our head on straight, relearn to eat normally, and then discover that those nutrient dense saturated fat foods that make up a LC diet naturally reduce the appetite and satisfy the soul.

    Vegetables and fruits are truly the condiments.

    I think what the low-fat, high-carb researchers’ miss is that people on a LC diet naturally reduce calories fat by comparison …and fat is naturally moderated by a person’s individual needs. They insinuate that people will continue with the same volume and calories or more. It isn’t true.

    I must say, for me it took being part of a non-diet/relearn-to-eat-normally discussion group for over a year to realize get how much I was misusing food. Low fat diets really screw up a person’s natural appetite and satiety.

    Once I learned that, only then could I move on to discover the health benefits of the LC diet. Too little fat was the reason for dissatisfaction with the LC diet the numerous other times I’d tried it for weight loss, acid reflux, pain relief, etc.

    To plug a generous author see Linda Moran’s websites at http://www.betterwaypress.com She’s still a bit on the anti-saturated fat side, but she’s coming around.

    She teaches readers and discussion group members to use cognitive behavior therapy to relearn to eat normal portions and foods appropriate for their own body. http://www.threeminutetherapy.com

    Perhaps those anti-saturated fat people should learn their own body wisdom and follow it. I believe they’d be surprised with what they discovered.

    Hi Ann–

    Thanks for the informative comment.

    Best–

    MRE

  9. Auntie Dee Dee on December 21, 2006 at 2:31 am

    Well, be as judgmental and elitist about some good ol’ country folks as you want, but Chicken Fried Bacon as a shared appetizer isn’t a damn bit fattier that most fried stuff. (All that white fatty bacon cooks to a crisp crunch, and the local-made bacon is low salt content, so it ISN’T very salty.) I crumble half a strip on my salad in lieu of croûtons or crackers.)

    I eat at Sodolaks at least once a month, and you rarely see any of the old folks smoking. The young ones? Yep. And remember, Frank grows his own beef. That “unhealthy beerbelly” guy has cooked and run restaurants AND run cattle for years, and could probably still work most of your readers under the table. Those 18 hour workdays aren’t easy on a body either. But, you saw several generations of Sodolaks working there, so judge on, y’all. they’ve got a business, and they’re a good family that employs people and treats them well. If you don’t want CFB, don’t go to Snook!!

    Hi Auntee Dee Dee–

    Sorry. I didn’t mean to come off judgmental and elitist. I myself am from a small country town in the Ozarks.

    I’m sure all the folks that run Sodolaks are honest, hardworking folks. I even admitted that were I ever in Snook I would indulge in the CFB myself.

    But, in my world of nutritional science, chicken fried bacon along with all the gravy trimmings is not what I would necessarily call a healthy choice of daily fare. And the best, nicest, most honest, hardworking people in the world can’t escape the consequences of a bad diet. I’m quite sure that the guy with the “unhealthy beerbelly” could work me under the table, but that doesn’t mean that the beer belly is harmless.  In fact, it’s a sign of a poor diet that will sooner or later catch up to its owner.  That was the point of my post.

    Thanks for writing.

    Cheers–

    MRE

  10. carole paulis on March 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

    AuntieDeDe it isn’t the fried bacon that is bad it is the flour used to “chicken fry” it. Why don’t people see the difference???

    cappie

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