Mmmm. 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.