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Is Turkey Bacon Healthier?

caramelized-bacon-2Mmmm. Bacon. Just saying the word makes my mouth water.

Of course, we all know that bacon is high in calories and unhealthy fats. As such, many people have made the switch to healthier-sounding turkey bacon. When we think turkey, we think a more nutritional alternative to fattier meats. But does this logic hold true for turkey bacon?

First, let’s look at the nutrition information. While the nutrition information varies from brand to brand, you’ll likely find a noticeable reduction in both calories and fat for turkey bacon. On the other hand, you may see an increase in sodium.

Second, let’s take a look at the ingredients. With regular pork bacon, the ingredients listing is short and recognizable. With turkey bacon, on the other hand, you’ll see a long list of unrecognizable ingredients. That’s because turkey bacon is a highly processed food. If you’re trying to eat clean, turkey bacon won’t make the cut.

Third, there’s always taste to consider. As far as I’m concerned, turkey bacon is a very weak substitute for real bacon. The flavor of turkey bacon doesn’t even come close to the real thing.

So what’s the bottom line? Is saving a few calories and grams of fat worth eating a highly processed food with less flavor? I think not. I’d stick with regular bacon – just in smaller quantities. Have a slice or two as a special treat.

After all, a little bacon can go a long way.

Turkey Bacon Vs. Pork Bacon: Pros & Cons.

This picture actually makes my mouth water.

No shocker here: Pork bacon isn’t particularly healthy.

Elsewhere in the world, pork bacon is usually cut from the back or sides of the pig. In the United States, it’s often cut from the belly as it contains less meat, but more fat and flavor. The meat is then cured using large quantities of salt. Needless to say, it’s far from a healthy choice.

Because of bacon’s bad reputation, many people opt for turkey bacon as a more nutritional alternative. Sure, it’s not as tasty – but it’s healthier. Right?

Not always. Turns out, the nutrition information in turkey bacon varies greatly from brand to brand. Some brands of turkey bacon have just as much fat – and even more sodium – than traditional pork bacon.

If you’re selecting pork bacon, opt for thin slices from a lean cut of the pig. Look for lots of red in the bacon (that’s the meat) and less white (that’s the fat). Most importantly, read the nutrition information. Thin and lean slices of bacon can have as little as 60 calories per slice and only 1.5 grams of fat.

If turkey bacon is your preference, compare the nutrition information to the pork alternatives. Some brands of turkey bacon can have as little as 20 calories per slice and zero grams of fat – but read carefully. And pay special attention to the sodium!

The verdict: Turkey bacon can be a healthier alternative to pork bacon, but it really varies from brand to brand! To make a wise choice for your health and body, you must compare the nutrition information.