Winter is the time of cooking hearty meals that often contain hidden sources of fat, like bacon. I love the flavor of bacon. It is great to add into many dishes like Eggy Pasta with Spinach and Bacon. There is no reason, though, to use "real" bacon, when you can substitute turkey bacon. I have been doing this for years and must admit that Willie Bird brand turkey bacon is my favorite – it tastes like real bacon and crisps up well (just check that photo). I wanted to know the caloric difference between pork bacon and turkey bacon to see if I really was reaping the health benefits with the substitution.
To see how these two types of bacon compare, just
|Bacon Type||serving size||Calories||Calories from fat||Fat (g)||Saturated fat (g)||Cholesterol (mg)||Sodium (mg)||Protein (g)|
|Willie Bird Turkey Bacon||1 slice (30g)||60||25||3||1||14||200||7|
|Oscar Mayer Bacon (Low Sodium)||2 slices (14g)||70||50||6||2.5||10||170||4|
I will admit I was surprised to see that the turkey bacon contains more cholesterol than regular bacon, although it contains half the fat calories. The portion is seriously bigger too, for turkey bacon! I think I will keep using turkey bacon and might just go make myself a BLT right now.