When bacon and beans go well together, you get a savoury breakfast
Baking and sausage are not the only things to toast up at your next breakfast, with a hearty breakfast in the UK becoming a thing of the past.
News of a nationwide ban on bacon-and-beans in supermarkets came in as a major shake-up to the breakfast menu, with many retailers dropping bacon, beans and sausage altogether.
This week, there were also a raft of new options for veggie dishes, including avocado and beans, but not bacon.
The changes come as bacon is becoming increasingly popular with UK vegetarians and vegans, as well as the health and fitness crowd.
But how do bacon and eggs compare?
Read more 1 of 12 Advertisement The UK’s health food market has grown steadily in recent years, driven by a combination of factors, such as the advent of the vegan diet, the growth of supermarkets and restaurants and new vegan and gluten-free options.
These trends have also seen the rise of new food and drink products such as protein shakes, fruit drinks and frozen desserts.
There are now more than 1,400 food and beverage brands that sell meat-free alternatives, with more than 70% of the UK’s supermarkets now selling vegan or vegetarian products, according to the Food Industry Association.
And while it’s not entirely clear whether or not the trend will continue, this is the latest change to the menu.
Bacon, eggs and sausage, however, are two popular dishes in the US, with the US Meat Institute estimating that there are now over 1,000 restaurants in the country that sell bacon-only products.
And the UK is already well on its way.
“We’re seeing a huge shift in the way we eat breakfast and lunch,” says Anna Bercow, chief executive of the Meat Institute.
“People are increasingly opting for healthier options and choosing to eat in a more social setting.”
In the UK, the trend has already had an impact.
The National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) estimates that about a third of British adults are currently eating a “sausage-free breakfast”, and that many more have been eating a sausage-free lunch, as a result of a new law in March that allowed for the sale of bacon and other processed meats in pubs, restaurants and bars.
This has been particularly effective with the introduction of the “no-sausages rule”, which saw a significant reduction in the number of bacon-free products in the supermarket.
“Our advice is to have bacon and/or eggs and other ingredients on the menu,” says Ms Bercowing.
She adds that the change in the law was also welcomed by the National Chicken Council, which was one of the first organisations to announce it would no longer accept bacon- and egg-only items from any of its suppliers. “
It’s important to have some sort of variety on the table, to allow the consumer to try and explore other options.”
She adds that the change in the law was also welcomed by the National Chicken Council, which was one of the first organisations to announce it would no longer accept bacon- and egg-only items from any of its suppliers.
“With this change in policy, we’re hoping to see a gradual shift in our food and beverages towards a more diverse menu,” she says.
The UK has been hit by a bacon-based backlash over the past few years, with critics calling the products unhealthy and offensive.
A new documentary about the bacon craze called The Bacon Effect, which focuses on the effects of the product on people, will air on ITV this Sunday at 8:00pm.
It will also feature interviews with chefs and food industry experts, who also claim that there’s nothing wrong with bacon.
However, many people in the industry, including Ms Becow, are adamant that there is no health risk, and that the products are simply part of a “healthy” lifestyle.
“What’s so wrong with eating bacon is that it’s just the best option,” says Mr Bercows.
“Bacon is the healthiest meat, and it’s healthy because it contains omega-3 fatty acids.”
“If you want to eat bacon, it’s the best thing you can do.”
But the changes to the UK menu are also likely to have a negative impact on other British restaurants and restaurants in other countries, such a move by Tesco to drop all bacon products in its stores by the end of this year.
“The UK is a big market for the bacon-is-good brand, and Tesco’s decision to pull all bacon out of its UK stores is just further evidence that the bacon is bad,” says Rebecca Rees, who runs food blogger The Vegan Girl.
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In the US there are also a number of restaurants that are trying to do something different, which is to create healthier options.”
And it’s a trend that has already spread beyond the UK. In