Monday, January 31, 2011

Bacon Is the New Broccoli

Let's face it, this Egypt thing has pretty well tapped out, so upon a slow news cycle, why not consider bacon?

It seems that bacon has a way of awakening carnivorous desires within even some of the preachiest of vegetarians. And we set out to find out why.

We asked some scientists who study how food tantalizes the brain, and sociologists who've looked closely at vegetarianism, about bacon's seductive powers.

Our story was familiar to Johan Lundstrom. He's a scientist who runs a lab at the Monell Chemical Senses Center. He studies how the brain processes sensory information, like smell, for a living ... Because bacon is one- to two-thirds fat and also has lots of protein, it speaks to our evolutionary quest for calories, Lundstrom says. And since 90 percent of what we taste is really odor, bacon's aggressive smell delivers a powerful hit to our sense of how good it will taste.
Bacon is powerless against this preachy vegetarian. If I had a piece of bacon for every time I have declined an opportunity to eat bacon, I would have a lot of bacon. And I wouldn't know quite what to do with it. Do songbirds eat it? I have been trying to keep them fed during the winter months. My mom and granny were very, very fond of bacon in their day. Many times I have marveled at a perfectly sensible menu item turned to fatty excess by the addition of bacon.

As a topic, bacon is truly inexhaustible.

Meanwhile -- not that anyone cares -- the legitimacy of Egypt's regime is surely rock-solid, so it's unclear what all the fuss is about. Mubarak's faction has routinely won well above 80% of the popular vote!

For what little it's worth, I stand by the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian people. Bacon does not matter.

1 comment:

Reuben said...

Bacon forever. Also, Jim Gaffigan, if you hadn't heard.