National Bacon Day: 7 Sizzling Bacon Facts

National Bacon Day is an unofficial U.S holiday which falls on December 30 and is celebrated on an annual basis. It’s a great day to enjoy bacon as a snack or with one of your meals for that day. Bacon is even becoming an acceptable dessert, with bacon-topped doughnuts, cakes, chocolates, and pretty much everything you can think of.

These seven facts about bacon might just give you even more reason to chow down.

  1. Not to be confused with National Bacon Day, September 3 is International Bacon Day. 
  2. The first sliced and packaged bacon hit grocery store shelves in 1924. Oscar Mayer patented the first sliced bacon.
  3. On average, each American will eat almost 18 pounds of bacon each year. Americans also spend more than $4 billion annually on bacon.
  4. When WWII ended in 1945, supermarkets expanded to sell more fresh produce like lettuce and tomatoes. Thus, sparking the popularity of the BLT sandwich.
  5. All Apollo 8 breakfasts had a key element of bacon in them, and the entire crew loved it so much they said they’d even eat the space bacon back on earth.
  6. New York and Los Angeles are the top American consumers of bacon. Denmark consumes the most pork in the world.
  7. Bacon has a compound that produces a pleasing neurochemical response. Result: bacon is addictive.