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Nutritional Comparison of Bacon and Sausage

Bacon vs. Sausage

As a big fan of breakfast, I usually make at least one large morning meal on the weekends. With the holidays coming up, I am sure to cook up many brunches too. My daydreaming about these meals in my near future got me thinking about bacon and sausage.

Are they as bad as they seem? Is one the lesser of two evils? Find out if both should be avoided at the next brunch you attend when you


There are many brands of sausage to choose from and for this comparison I chose Oscar Mayer pork sausage link. The bacon in the chart is pan fried.

2 slices (16 g)
48 g
Calories 82 165
Protein (g) 3 8
Total Fat (g) 3 15
Sodium (mg) 188 401
Cholesterol (mg) 9 37
Iron % 0 5

While bacon doesn't really offer much nutritionally, it sure does pack a lot of flavor into two strips. Sausage is certainly more filling — it actually contains some protein — but is also much higher in fat and calories. My suggestion is have a slice of bacon or a link of sausage since depriving yourself of tastes you love is no way to diet. Stick to eating egg dishes for high quality filling protein at your next brunch. Both bacon and sausage are considered processed meats, which the American Cancer Society strongly believes we should all avoid. Although it is unclear what about processed meats increases cancer risk, many health experts theorize that it is the nitrates used in the processing. Look for nitrate-free sausage and bacon.

I am curious to know if you are more about bacon or sausage; share your preference in the comments section below.

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Charmaine2441573 Charmaine2441573 5 years
Personall I love them both. Health wise, I choose bacon. However everything in moderation. I  will however do it once weekly and 1 slice of bacon 1/2 a sausage.  
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Veggie sausage is good for mornings, when my stomach isn't yet able to handle lots of grease.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I love the taste of both of them, but I've cut processed red meat (well, all red meat) out of my diet :)
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
You know, I really love turkey bacon, even more than regular bacon.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I LOVE BACON! However I swapped it out for ham recently, my waistline has been thanking me.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Bridey123 Bridey123 7 years
Bacon for taste, eggs for the protein. I have bacon and scrambled eggs as a meal once a week. I feel like its almost a semi healthy delish meal, no guilt needed.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I'm not much of a fan of sausage, but bacon's pretty good. At least bacon has a nice flavor to it. I think a lot of sausage tastes too fatty and bland unless it's spicy chorizo or Italian sausage. Just make sure you get nitrate-free bacon or sausage; it's the nitrates in them that make them unhealthy for you.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
bacon bacon bacon!! i love bacon! especially when it's extra crispy. :drool: i don't like sausage (makes me sick) but I've been trying chicken and turkey ones and they seem to be better with my stomach.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Man, sometimes I just crave bacon - I like to slow cook it, really locks in the flavor.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I eat chicken sausage a lot, as well, but have yet to find a good breakfast one. There's a delicious apple chicken sausage I get from a local market and a great spinach/feta one, as well, though.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
would you be able to look at chicken, beef, or turkey sausage? I eat chicken sausage a LOT and love the cleaner flavors.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
Love me some bacon!! The only sausage I'll eat for breakfast is chicken apple. Yum!
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
I love bacon- in moderation of course. BLATs- (bacon, lettuce, AVOCADO, and tomato) with ranch sauce on nice multigrain bread are sooo bloody good.
Hello890 Hello890 7 years
1apple 1apple 7 years
Good info. I like them both the same so I'll just get bacon when I have the choice.
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