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Here’s Why You Should Never Eat Bacon

Although “bacon and eggs” is the quintessential American breakfast, bacon overrides all the health benefits of eggs. Four slices of bacon contain 40% of your recommended daily fat. And bacon’s fat–mostly saturated fat–can raise your risk of heart disease, says registered dietitian Lisa Cimperman.

A person cooks bacon on a stove.
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Bacon also has unhealthy preservatives called nitrates and nitrites. In 2015, the World Health Organization tested the daily recommended dose of processed meats (two grams). Even that increased peoples’ risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. As tasty as bacon is, you’re better off ordering something else.