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July 13, 2010 4:37 PM
From what I am reading there is no difference in the fat content. What is the benefit?
  53119
July 13, 2010 4:43 PM
That's news to me... last time I checked at the grocery store turkey bacon had half the fat.
  1410556
July 13, 2010 4:48 PM
Taste, lol, is the benefit to pork baconhappy
July 13, 2010 4:52 PM
Depending on the Type
Here Is A Comparision

Pork Bacon Per 2 Slices Turkey Bacon Per 2 Slices
Calories 190 Calories 70 Calories
Fat 18g 6g
Saturated 7g 2g
Cholesterol 40mg 30mg
Sodium 180mg 510mg
Potassium 190mg 0
Carbohydrate 1g 1g
Protein 7g 4g

There is definietly a benefit from a calorie point of view to choose Turkey over Pork
As for the taste they are almost the same less all the grease
July 13, 2010 4:54 PM
There is a ton of difference in the fat content, what brand of Turkey bacon you are talking about?
The Jenny O has .5 g of fat and 20 calories per serving.
Just check the difference in fat that drips in the pan when you cook normal bacon vs. Turkey, it's huge
July 13, 2010 4:57 PM
also, you have to be sure that you are comparing things of the same serving size. comparing "1 slice' of turkey to pork bacon is not going to be accurate...the best way is by weight which should also be on the package.
  1411187
July 13, 2010 5:03 PM
I heard that technically pork is the better choice. Granted they are both processed the pork is LESS processed and more wholesome with less of the chemicals than the turkey...just buy a lean pork bacon. I love the kind they have at whole foods for some reason
  57060
July 13, 2010 5:08 PM
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I heard that technically pork is the better choice. Granted they are both processed the pork is LESS processed and more wholesome with less of the chemicals than the turkey...just buy a lean pork bacon. I love the kind they have at whole foods for some reason

drinker drinker
July 13, 2010 5:11 PM
Turkey bacon has tons of sodium as well! I do everything in moderation so when I do have bacon I go with the pork. I believe David Zinczenko from Eat this Not that recommends pork over turkey as well....you can get center cut and low sodium pork bacon to cut out some of the junk.
July 15, 2010 7:21 PM
Thanks for all the information. I noticed today they now have a low sodium turkey bacon option.
  53119
July 15, 2010 8:55 PM
There is a huge difference! The chicken bacon has even less calories than the turkey, I really like it and eat a piece almost every morning!!
July 15, 2010 8:59 PM
I get slab bacon from the Meat Market and it has no nitrates or nitrites which are the preservatives that keep it from spoiling........

I just bring it home and pack it in portions so I can freeze it and then thaw when needed.............

I tried turkey bacon back in my low fat, low calorie days and I would rather eat shoe leather than to eat that stuff...........
July 15, 2010 9:01 PM
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I heard that technically pork is the better choice. Granted they are both processed the pork is LESS processed and more wholesome with less of the chemicals than the turkey...just buy a lean pork bacon. I love the kind they have at whole foods for some reason


Totally agree. We researched and ended up choosing pork bacon over turkey. The turkey bacon is super-processed and has a ton of stuff added to it. It's creepy. Granted, neither are health foods. But for a once-a-week breakfast burrito or whatever, I vote high-quality pork bacon. Wright Brand is yummy!
July 15, 2010 9:07 PM
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Thanks for all the information. I noticed today they now have a low sodium turkey bacon option.


If you're looking for a lower sodium turkey bacon, I've found that Butterball has one that's pretty good. I have to watch sodium levels and with this brand, I can have 2 slices vs 1 with most others!

Per 1 serving: 1 slice/14 g

25 calories
0 carbs
0 fiber
2 protein
2 fat
80 sodium
July 16, 2010 10:05 PM
Have you ever tried canadian bacon? peameal..it's fantastic, and a better option to either bacons you mentioned..and it's sooo yummy!
July 16, 2010 10:50 PM
I think when it comes to bacon, there is such a difference in types... ie how much fat is actually cut off... that it's difficult to compare. Lean pork and lean turkey are both very low in fat so I think if you had brands that were lean (ie no streaking) with no fat on the outside then they would be pretty close by weight.
July 16, 2010 10:52 PM
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Have you ever tried canadian bacon? peameal..it's fantastic, and a better option to either bacons you mentioned..and it's sooo yummy!


What is canadian bacon? I've always been curious and now even more so hahaha educate us deprived little Australians/Brits!
July 17, 2010 3:17 AM
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What is canadian bacon? I've always been curious and now even more so hahaha educate us deprived little Australians/Brits!


I'm an American living in England and I'm pretty sure "Canadian Bacon" is just back bacon medallions (i.e. not streaky bacon which is almost all you get in most US supermarkets).

I vote pork, FWIW. Not as processed and MUCH more flavour. If it's something like bacon that I consider a bit of a treat, I'd rather have a smaller portion of the real thing.
  668664
July 17, 2010 6:35 AM
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QUOTE:

Have you ever tried canadian bacon? peameal..it's fantastic, and a better option to either bacons you mentioned..and it's sooo yummy!


What is canadian bacon? I've always been curious and now even more so hahaha educate us deprived little Australians/Brits!


Canadian bacon is more like ham. It's what McDonald's uses on thier egg mcmuffin sandwiches. It is better for you than bacon.

Whichever type you try, get one that is free of nitrates and all that other crap (as with all meat). They taste so much better and are way better for you. Publix carries one call Applegate Farms and it is YUMMY! The Whole Foods 365 brand is pretty good too.
  128631
July 18, 2010 10:45 AM
ohhh so Canadian bacon is just what I would think of as 'regular old bacon' hahaha thanks!!
July 18, 2010 4:35 PM
When I look at the turkey bacon versus center cut pork bacon at Aldi, they're about the same. The latter tastes MUCH better! Since I have it MAYBE once or twice per month, I figure I'll just go with taste!
July 18, 2010 6:04 PM
Canadian Bacon and Peameal back are different. I say this as a Canadian living in the US. My neighbors think its funny that in canada we don't have Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is as you said ham. Peameal bacon is back bacon (almost like a roast) that has been rolled in corn meal. Its fantastic!
July 20, 2010 8:17 PM
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Canadian Bacon and Peameal back are different. I say this as a Canadian living in the US. My neighbors think its funny that in canada we don't have Canadian bacon. Canadian bacon is as you said ham. Peameal bacon is back bacon (almost like a roast) that has been rolled in corn meal. Its fantastic!


I pan sear a piece of peameal with oinions until the onions are just caramelized and throw it together on a whole grain tortilla..a little honey mustard...it's pure heaven!
July 21, 2010 8:32 AM
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I get slab bacon from the Meat Market and it has no nitrates or nitrites which are the preservatives that keep it from spoiling........

I just bring it home and pack it in portions so I can freeze it and then thaw when needed.............

I tried turkey bacon back in my low fat, low calorie days and I would rather eat shoe leather than to eat that stuff...........


I have to agree, the leaner the turkey bacon is the worst it tastes. I eat pork bacon regularly and just include it in my calorie planning.
  18107
April 2, 2012 9:40 PM
One thing about turkey bacon you have to know how to cook it. You can't go wrong with turkey bacon cooked in the oven, at 350.

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