Who doesn’t love a good slice of bacon, is there anything more representative of an American morning than the familiar sounds and smells of a mouth watering piece of bacon sizzling over a hot frying pan. However, despite the popularity of this sprightly piece of pork, it remains debatable whether or not the risks outweigh the tasty reward. Here are a few things to watch out for when it comes to bacon according to Reader’s Digest

Cardiovascular diseases- a lot of the more healthy benefits of pork consumption depend on what cut of meat you decide to eat, the more fatty cuts, like bacon, contain more saturated fats and thus can lead to a variety of heart related health risks including but not limited to high cholesterol.

Parasites…Parasites?!- That’s right, even the slightest bit of under-cooked pork (yes that means the chewy bits of bacon we all love so much) can lead to infections caused by parasites like tapeworm. In order to avoid this, be sure to cook any pork product at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.