Bacon: The Gateway Meat for Vegetarians

Ah, bacon. Is there anything it can't do? Add this to the incredible power of bacon: it's the gateway meat for vegetarians!

[Johan Lundstrom] 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. He also told us he had an ex-girlfriend who became an ex-vegetarian once she tasted bacon.

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.

"There's an intimate connection between odor and emotion, and odor and memory," Lundstrom says. "When you pair that with the social atmosphere of weekend breakfast and hunger, bacon is in the perfect position to take advantage of how the brain is wired."

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I am non vegetarian but I have to concur with most of the ideas posted here. Bacon is my least favourite meat, the smell is ok in moderation, (and this is where I differ from the vegetarians) If I eat it I have to peel off the (very gross) fat parts. given the choice I choose ham (I like sausage but some sausage is way too greasy for my stomach) so yeah, I don't know why a vegetarian would switch just because of bacon... this I think is another evolutionary science research FAIL.
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