I guess it all comes down to I simply couldn't see how cooking bacon and onions in sugar or honey (which is just sugar syrup, albeit delicious, made by bees) can possibly be an improvement, which got me pondering how deep fried snickers, bacon maple doughnuts, waffles and pancakes dowsed in maple syrup, etc, could actually be any good for you
This statement to me is incorrect. It isn't about being good for you, I don't think anyone makes that claim anywhere. It's just about trying something different, call deep fried candy or such a fringe food. It's not something that anyone I know of eats daily, and I'm sure no one on here knows of anyone that does. Americans are portrayed as all fat grease loving individuals, and I myself enjoy that from time to time very much as an indulgence, but most know it is not healthy and regulate how much they intake. Not everything is extremely fatty or processed. Do you not ever enjoy ice cream or anything else with so called guilty nature BTW?
And we kill a good many hogs in the Fall and I wouldn't think twice about taking our homemade bacon and making it into bacon jam. And to me that is just about the highest form of bacon you could get since it's homemade and not "processed." It's not ruining it, it's just a different preparation than simply frying it. If you're eating bacon though you honestly aren't consider health at all and if that's what your looking for it's probably best to leave it out of the food your making, along with any other sources of fat/flavor.
And oil in dough does more than add nutritional fat. It changes the way that bread behaves when baked, texture and flavor when eaten, and the way it keeps in the bread bun. If it wasn't for the fat in eggs, the oil in dough, or the honey/sugar in it then you'd have to buy/bake everyday because your bread would go stale, and I for one don't feel like eating bread that feels and tastes like a day old baguette with my meal. Nor do I wanna have to handle dough every day despite loving the process. Time just doesn't allow it always.