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Turkey Bacon Compared With Low Sodium Bacon

Try Turkey Bacon

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.

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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
There was a guy on Ellen the other day that said Turkey bacon is worse for you because for the same size, you get the same amount of calories and fat, BUT much more sodium!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I used to hate MSF bacon but since I haven't had bacon in forever, it tastes just like my miserable memory of the real thing! And what I love most about it: NO FAT parts! It's all the crunchy good part!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I eat Morningstar Farms bacon & I LOVE IT. I was putting it on all of my salads and wraps so much I eventually got sick of it, but now that I'm thinking about it... yum! I'll put it on the list. Before I stopped eating animals, I loved turkey bacon MUCH more than pig bacon because it had less fat. I like bacon, but I HATE the fat parts.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Ahhh!! Morningstar Fake bacon is the WORST. Their sausages are better!! When I ate meat, I liked turkey bacon, but it tastes soo different from real bacon.
athens athens 9 years
Love turkey bacon! However, the only one to get is BUTTERBALL! There is a trick to fixing turkey bacon so it comes out right. Fixing it in a pan? Forget it. You have to put it in the oven. I set mine to broil and put the pan on the 2nd rack down. The first part is not as fast as the second part (after the flip) so I can run around and do stuff while it is cooking. When you see it bubbling and start to smell it, grab those tongs, pull 'em out and start flippin' them over. (They may not seem like they are cooked but in turkey bacon land, if you wait until you THINK it is done, it's burnt.) After the flip they start cooking faster and you need to hang around the oven to make sure you don't burn them. I usually give a few minutes and start pulling them out and putting them on a paper towel. If any on the ends don't seem like they are done I will stick them back in the oven, baby-sitting until they are done (NOT BURNT!). After you pull them out let them SIT for a few minutes, they will harden up and get crispier as they sit. I bring it to work all the time and everyone loves it, even my husband prefers it now on sandwiches, for breakfast, whenver he wants a snack. Oh, and you can also cook them in the microwave. Not for the faint of heart, or taste buds though. Since there is hardly any fat they dehydrate when you cook them this way. Makes for VERY crispy peices of turkey bacon but if in a rush it can work in a pinch.
cambridge cambridge 9 years
Turkey bacon is the worst food invention, hands down and bar none. It tastes like hot balogna, and I agree I'd absolutely rather go without bacon than eat this.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
We eat turkey bacon (Oscar Mayer brand), but I like to use real bacon for recipes.
caryatid caryatid 9 years
made a frittata with turkey bacon, it was delicious and butterball turkey bacon is 3 slices = 50 calories! hard to beat. you know, except for with real bacon.
va2032 va2032 9 years
I've given up and substituted a lot of things but I don't think I'm ready to give up bacon!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I love turkey bacon! I'm brand loyal because some just look like meat versions of fruit roll ups. I use Ed Hipps. And I love the Canadian turkey bacon too. Mmmmmmmmmmm :)
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I really like turkey bacon! It doesn't seem to crisp up as well, but otherwise, I almost prefer it!
Brandi13jrm Brandi13jrm 9 years
I LOVE turkey bacon! I lost some weight on the Weight Watchers plan earlier last year and learned to substitute turkey for a lot of things... I replaced pork bacon with turkey bacon, I replaced ground beef with ground turkey, etc... I have found that after eating it a few times turkey tastes better! It has a lighter quality to it and I don't feel guilty when I eat it either. I'm telling you, turkey is where it's at!
Tinybubbles_21 Tinybubbles_21 9 years
OMG i havent had bacon in soo many years only because im allergic to Pork products and i had heard about turkey bacon but never got around to buying some. Im glad i know what brand to look for now! YAY!! The day i finally get to have some will be quite exciting for me :) Thanks!!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
onesong - those are the serving sizes listed on the packages. I just happened to have turkey bacon and low sodium bacon in my house at the same time (hubbie LOVES bacon). The one slice of turkey back is much more substantial than regular bacon.
Allie1506 Allie1506 9 years
I LOVE turkey bacon. I can't even it the regualr bacon anymore....
beachkate08 beachkate08 9 years
i love regular bacon.. it's terrible for me, but i can never decline it. i've tried turkey bacon but it's just not the same.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Turkey bacon is the only kind of bacon I eat anyway.
angelina8023 angelina8023 9 years
I have been eating turkey bacon for years now. I have a friend who is in med school and she was telling me that there are studies showing that sodium nitrate leads to cancer. It is usually found in lunch meats and guess what, turkey bacon:( I'm not sure if it is in every brand but the one I buy has it. Now days everything can leads to cancer, however I just don't know if I'm ready to give up turkey bacon!
onesong onesong 9 years
are the portion sizes reversed?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I'll have to try this kind, because other brands of turkey bacon I've tried just end up sort of sad and limp looking, but the Willie Bird looks crispy and pretty good!
CestLaVie CestLaVie 9 years
Just tried a turkey bacon last weekend! Not a huge bacon fan as it is, I was really impressed with the taste of the turkey- it was more like eating a meat instead of fried fat sticks :) I liked it and would buy some.
chellybean chellybean 9 years
I eat Morningstar fake bacon. I'm the only one I know who likes it, except for my boyfriend!
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I love turkey bacon! That's all we ever cook with. It's yummy stuffed in a chicken breast with some Feta cheese or spinach.
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