Weak-willed vegetarians don’t stand a chance against the powerful seductive aromas of bacon. And its not their fault, according to NPR’s Health Blog. In an interview with Johan Lundstrom, a scientist at Monell Chemical Senses Center, he says bacon’s allure is almost biological:
Bacon is one- to two-thirds fat and also has lots of protein, it speaks to our evolutionary quest for calories, Lundstrom says. And since 90 percent of what we taste is really odor, bacon’s aggressive smell delivers a powerful hit to our sense of how good it will taste.
I personally cannot imagine smelling bacon cooking in the frying pan and NOT having at least a taste. I’m surprised someone hasn’t invented a bacon cologne because the aroma is simply irresistible.