The fats in this delicious meat are about 50% monounsaturated and a big part of them is oleic acid. This is the same acid that olive oil is praised for and considered good for the heart. About 40% of bacon is saturated fat, with a decent amount of cholesterol.
The amount of saturated fat in bacon explains well why one ounce of the meat contains 30 mg of cholesterol. Research has shown that eating foods high in saturated fat can lead to a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
As far as calories go, the popular strip of bacon has about 40, which isn’t that bad if you eat one or two with breakfast, but the calories add up if you eat multiple pieces, or if you fry the bacon. Fried bacon meat has more heterocyclic amines than any other meat product. They are associated with an increased risk of several forms of cancer.
Research has shown that consuming too much foods with high levels of saturated fat can lead to increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke, but if you like eating bacon or something else considered not-so-good, do it mindfully and moderately, and everything should be fine.