Every once in a while I like to look a little deeper into the reasoning why some foods are considered ‘obviously’ more healthy than others. I really enjoyed doing this with potatoes and sweet potatoes.
Today, I want to tackle another food battle- BACON.
I love the salty crunch of bacon. I don’t eat it very often, but every few weeks I’ll pick up some Hormel Natural Choice bacon and give my breakfast a flavor boost with the salty, deliciousness known as bacon. However, most health conscious people have switched to eating turkey bacon. When asked why, they most always respond because it’s better for you. But is it?
(Serving size below: 2 slices)
|Oscar Mayer |
|Applegate Farms |
|Oscar Mayer |
|Hormel Natural Choice Regular |
Above is my breakdown of 2 turkey bacon varieties and 2 regular bacon varieties. Between brands, amounts of fat, saturated fat and sodium (& taste!) can differ.
What’s your personal view on what makes something ‘healthier’ than another?
If it’s fat content, you’ll probably go for Applegate Farm’s Turkey Bacon over regular bacon, and save 3-4 g of fat.
If you’re me, I like that Hormel Natural doesn’t have nitrates or nitrites added. Nitrates/nitrites are used as a preservative and have been linked to cancer in laboratory rats. I try to avoid foods with this preservative as much as possible (it’s also why I also am not eating hot dogs right now), especially now that I’m prego.
Overall I advise people to look closely at the label of the brand of bacon they are choosing, rather than just noticing whether or not it’s turkey bacon or regular bacon. Decide what aspect of health (calories, saturated fat, preservatives) is most important to you and decide which is the best choice for you.
On a completely non-health related note, if I’m going to eat bacon, I want the REAL thing. Turkey bacon, in my opinion, just doesn’t have the same delicious flavor and satisfying crunch that real bacon has.
So you tell me which team you play for- Team Turkey Bacon or Team Original Bacon?