National Bacon Day, which falls on Saturday, Aug. 31, and here are some facts about the popular pork product.
– Bacon or “bacoun” is Middle English that refers to pork products in general, but it later evolved into meaning what it means today.
– However, bacon goes back father than that. Apparently, the first bacon was made in China around 1500 BCE when people started preserving and salting pork bellies.
– When Julius Ceasar landed on the British Isles in 55 BCE, it is thought that he had bacon with him.
– William Shakespeare mentions bacon in “Henry IV, Part 1″ and “Merry Wives Of Windsor.”
– In 1924, Oscar Meyer patented packed, sliced bacon. He was the first to do so.
– More than 2 billion pounds of bacon are produced in the United States each year.
– Bacon is often made from the belly of pigs. But bacon is also prepared from two distinct back cuts.
– Bacon, lettuce, and tomato (BLT) sandwiches apparently became popular during World War II when supermarkets started making fresh tomatoes and lettuce year-round.
– In the U.S., more than two-thirds of bacon that is consumed is eaten during breakfast time.
– One bacon strip contains about 40 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 1.7 grams of saturated fat, 120mg of sodium, and 2.5 grams of protein.