Be a Bacon Expert
Think you know bacon? Check out the following dozen facts about one of the country’s favorite parts of the pig, and see what you can learn!
- Pork was being salted and preserved as early as 1500 BC—by the Chinese!
- The word “bacon” came into fashion around the 1700s.
- A 200-pound pig can yield about 20 pounds of bacon.
- The average American consumes 17.9 pounds of bacon each year.
- In the U.S., 70% of bacon is eaten at breakfast, 11% at lunch, 2% as a snack and 17% at dinner.
- Americans primarily consume bacon from the belly of the pig, compared to shoulder and ham bacon in the U.K., and loin bacon in Canada.
- Pork lovers around the country celebrate National Bacon Day on the Saturday before Labor Day.
- More bacon is eaten on weekdays than weekends.
- When Julius Caesar landed in Britain in 55 BC, he brought his own bacon with him.
- To “bring home the bacon” refers to the act of winning the greased pig one caught at the country fair.
- Pancetta is cured or pickled Italian bacon that is not smoked.
- According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, a micronutrient in bacon, called choline, is essential to healthy brain development for babies in the womb.