Bacon is a super trendy (and some might even say beloved) food. Perfectly paired with breakfast, delicious crumbled on salads and sometimes sprinkled on desserts like ice cream, bacon can be a pretty versatile food.
However, a new study may have you thinking twice about adding bacon to all kinds of meals. Research has found that the nitrates, sulfites and sodium in bacon can lead to inflammation, which could harm your skin. Normally, inflammation is just another one of the body's immune responses, according to YouBeauty. However, when inflammation becomes a constant, it can wreak havoc on your skin, causing problems from rosacea to acne and wrinkles.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the average American eats 18 pounds of bacon a year, so you may very well have reason to worry. If you're thinking that just trading in the bacon for sausage will eliminate your problem, you'd be wrong. Processed meats in general have high rates of sodium and nitrates, and another study found that eating just three ounces of them a day can cause higher rates of stomach cancer. (However, another study from a university in Zurich found that consuming niacin-filled foods like bacon could actually help you live longer.) Considering all these factors, we still think it might be smart to save bacon for special occasions.
Bacon isn't the only food that's bad for skin. Bread and milk lovers may have a problem too. Both foods spike the body's insulin levels, which can cause acne. Instead, you may want to consider enjoying pomegranates, broccoli and nuts, which are all more likely to do positive things for your skin.
Watch the video above to learn more about how bacon can cause wrinkles and acne. Then, check out the slideshow below to discover what to eat to protect your skin!