(WUSA) -- A researcher at the University of Texas in Houston says go ahead, eat that bacon. Dr. Nathan Bryan believes bacon is good for your heart. In fact, he says it could stop a heart attack.
Earlier research said bacon should be avoided because it contains nitrates. That research found nitrates could lead to cancer. But Dr. Bryan believes otherwise. "You should not avoid eating bacon because of the nitrate content," Bryan said. "If anything, the nitrate content is what protects our heart during a heart attack."
Bryan's research finds the nitrates in bacon forms a nitric oxide gas in the body. That can reopen blocked arteries, especially during a heart attack.
Written by Dan Guzman