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The Great Bacon Debate

Posted Feb 09 2011 12:00am

I bought a packet of Turkey Bacon the other day for a Frittata recipe that I wanted to try which sparked the question, is turkey bacon really better for you than pork bacon? Upon researching this question I had NO IDEA how controversial it is! I came across forum after forum of doctors, registered dietitians and food science professionals all arguing over this! So needless to say, there is no right answer. Here are the arguments:

PRO Turkey Bacon- In general is lower in fat and calories, depending on brand.

CON Turkey Bacon- Is not cut from the bird, it is processed and mixed with tons of additives and chemicals. Can be higher in sodium.

PRO Pork Bacon- No fake additives. It is actually healthier for you if you chose a low-sodium brand.

CON Pork Bacon- Way too much sodium, a fatty slice of meat. Most are higher in calories and fat.

Confused much? Yeah, so am I. I decided that if I am going to have bacon (I rarely do) I might as well have some fricken bacon! It is clear that the jury is out on the health benefits of one over the other. My motto has always been: “Indulge in moderation”. One slice of bacon isn’t going to make a big difference in the long run.

I am curious to hear what you guys think though. Does anyone have a preference?

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