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Calories in a BLT

Are BLTs Really That Bad For You?

In case you didn't know, April is BLT month. It's the second most popular sandwich in the US (ham is the first), but of course I couldn't just tell you to celebrate with a BLT every day this month without discussing the nutritional value of this traditional lunchtime fave. If you're a huge fan of BLTs, take this quiz to see if they're as unhealthy as they sound.

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How many calories in two slices of whole grain bread?

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How many calories in two leaves of Romaine lettuce?

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How many calories in three large slices of tomato?

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Now on to the essential ingredient — how many calories in five strips of bacon?

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You decide to add a little extra flavor. How many calories does two slices of cheddar cheese add?

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What's a BLT without mayo? How many calories does two tablespoons add?

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Passion4Fashion Passion4Fashion 7 years
That is A LOT of bacon for one sandwhich, no? I just had a bacon and egg sandwhich this morning and two pieces was more than enough.
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I also like subbing avocado for mayo. It's heart healthy! (right?)
xAmortentiaX xAmortentiaX 7 years
The bread I eat is only 35 calories per slice, so that cuts the total for the bread in half because I'd be only using 70 for the bread, I like to use a lot of lettuce, and one slice of tomato, although it's good to add a bit of mayo.
neonbrite neonbrite 7 years
Plan tonight was to make blt's with turkey bacon. we baked the bacon, cut up a tomato that's where it ended I ate four pieces of turkey bacon with tomato on top. And it was damn good!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
No BLT's for this non-meat eater! Unless you count the once a year Faux-BLT, using a vegan bacon alternative. However I actually never cared much for bacon or its flavor.I would much rather have a Tomato, Lettuce and Hummus or Mustard sandwich... now that I crave. Also, what bothers me is how this article/quiz is focusing on calories. Yes, calories count however so does the fat, type of fat, carbs, sodium and to go farther, the ingredients used in the bread and if a meat-eater (which I cannot find the appeal in) what is in the bacon and where it came from. Just because an meat product says "100%" of such-such animal, does not mean it is simply one area of said animal. And you cannot forget the antibiotics and hormones pumped through them. Anything goes is the motto for most meat suppliers.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I love BL's, no tomato =) I'm very excited it's BLT month!!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I love BLTs, but I usually have more T than anything else--I just use a tad of bacon and one piece of bread.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Ya know what? I'm cool with that. Favorite sandwich ever. I like to "grill" my bread in the leftover bacon grease.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
how does a BLT have cheese on it, I've never had one with it and that would taste weird. I also wouldn't have mayo but I would use Avocado's instead. BLTA's are yummy
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
This post reminds me of the one recently about an engagement after a PB&J... the main picture was a PB&J, it just made everyone hungry! :p I want a facon (fake bacon) sandwich now. No tomatoes or slices bread though.... bummer. Adding those to the grocery list. I'm not a huge sandwich fan though, too dry typically.
ticamorena ticamorena 7 years
I've never tried a BLT, I don't eat mayonnaise, I last ate bacon several years ago (I'm a ham girl) and I don't really like sandwiches. All that considered, I was most shocked by the number of calories in two leaves of romanie lettuce (each leaf really has 5 cals?!), and the fact that anybody would eat 5 rashers of bacon in one serving
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
Wow well the only thing this quiz succeeded in doing is making me want a BLT. Haven't had one of those in years.
greykatt greykatt 7 years
runningesq runningesq 7 years
oh man I REALLY want a BLT now !
greykatt greykatt 7 years
when I was a kid a blt was just the thing to put a smile on my face. rubens and philly cheese steaks.. mmm I am getting hungry! LOL
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
PB&J is the BEST sandwich in the world :)
michlny michlny 7 years
It also depends on what "slices" means. A thick slice of bread has many more calories than a thin slice and same w/ cheese..... Either way, not exactly a healthy 'wich!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I don't eat mayo, I prefer Vegenaise (no bacon either), but every jar I've ever seen says 90-100 calories per tablespoon. Not sure where they got the small number. This is another one of those articles that equates calories to health. How about sodium, fiber, vitamins, minerals, fat?
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