Bacon is a true crossover food. You can eat it at breakfast, lunch or dinner and not feel ashamed. It can be used in appetizers, meals, snacks and even desserts and still taste amazing.
Oh, and who the heck doesn't enjoy the aroma of freshly cooked bacon???
Bacon has always been a popular food, but it has definitely enjoyed a pretty solid upswing in popularity lately. We at DMR enjoy statistics and we definitely enjoy bacon, so it seemed like a pretty natural choice for our next fun non-digital stat post.
First, a refresher; Let's make sure you know what bacon is. Bacon is a cured pork product that is most commonly fried, grilled, smoked, baked or boiled before consumption. It is most commonly associated with being a breakfast side-dish, but, as noted above, it has many, many other culinary uses.
Now that we've established what Bacon is, were are some of the more interesting bacon facts and statistics and facts that we could dig up.
Disclaimer: Although bacon is really, really tasty, it is also kinda bad for you. Please eat bacon responsibly.
Bacon Facts and Statistics
Approx year that the concept of bacon was developed: 1500 B.C. by the Chinese (Tweet this)
Percentage of Americans that would support bacon as the National Food: 65% (Tweet this)
Amount of sales of bacon in the U.S. in 2013: $4 billion (Tweet this)
Percentage of times that bacon and eggs are eaten together: 71% (Tweet this)
Average times bacon is consumed per person annually: 18 (Tweet this)
Amount of bacon the average American eats per year: 17.9 lbs (Tweet this)
Percentage of bacon that is cooked in a microwave: 15% (Tweet this)
Percentage of restaurants that have bacon on the menu: 62% (Tweet this)
Percentage of a pig's weight that is bacon: 11% (Tweet this)
Number of Wendy's Baconators sold in the first 8 weeks: 25 million (Tweet this)