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February 11, 2013 10:10 AM
I was just looking up about turkey bacon and I have Jennie-O's Turkey Bacon... I love them, I do. But now I'm reading some articles saying that we should stick to regular bacon, just have to control the portion, and looking at nutrition facts... I am trying to comprehend this. Which would be wise to stick it to? I want to make sure that I'm eating wisely... Calories, cholesterol, and some few important nutrition values to it... so turkey bacon or regular bacon?
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February 11, 2013 10:12 AM
I would rather have a few slices of regular bacon per week than a few slices of turkey bacon everyday. I've tried a couple different turkey bacons in the past and they just don't cook up right to me.
February 11, 2013 10:13 AM
Center Cut bacon, better for you and if you research the pros/cons....it really does come out on top :)
February 11, 2013 10:16 AM
I believe there may be more sodium in turkey bacon. I use regular pork bacon, but I always get "center cut" pork bacon. It's less fat/calories. The brand I buy is from Aldi's...3 slices for 70 calories, 4 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein, 270 grams of sodium. The Oscar Myer name brand center cut at your local grocery store has basically the same stats...I think 4.5 grams of fat for 3 slices. I don't think that can be beat. I've loss over 90 lbs in the past 10 months with a diet of high protein, so I eat this bacon like every day!
February 11, 2013 10:21 AM
hmm okay i didn't know that. thank you guys.
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February 11, 2013 10:26 AM
I am a big fan of eating the 'real deal'. If it is high in calories, i have smaller portions, take smaller bites end end up enjoying it more.

Turkey bacon is nothing like the real thing to me. I have never woken up to the smell of turkey bacon sizzling in the pan on a saturday morning and thought, 'what a great smell!'. Know what i mean?

Give me pork bacon or give me nothing. I would rather have more fruit than turkey bacon!

Good luck!
February 11, 2013 10:28 AM
Turkey bacon is not bacon.

It's turkey meat that has been processed to look sort of like bacon, and taste sort of like bacon.

Bacon can be made from pigs, cows and lambs - because they have a belly.

Turkey bacon's ingredient list:

Ingredients: (White Turkey, Mechanically Separated Turkey, Dark Turkey), Water, Sugar, Salt, contains 2% or less of Canola Oil, Sun Flower Oil, Natural Flavor, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Nitrite.

Not the worst thing I've ever seen, but any time I see "mechanically separated" I cringe.
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February 11, 2013 10:32 AM
QUOTE:

Center Cut bacon, better for you and if you research the pros/cons....it really does come out on top :)


This. If you are eating turkey for personal reasons (for whatever reason you dont eat pig) then of course, picking turkey is the way to go. Sometimes it can be leaner, but there are some pretty fattening turkey bacons out there. We all know that Jenni-o is paid sponsor of The Biggest Loser so of course her products get pushed a lot.

Honestly, it depends on what you are trying to stay away from. Center Cut Bacon has lower sodium and the nutritional value is better. Price for price. Turkey bacon and regular bacon do come in low sodium versions, but they cost a LOT more. Center Cut can be pricey, but I feel like its the best bang for the buck.



In the end, it really is a personal preference.
Edited by IrishChik On February 11, 2013 10:33 AM
February 11, 2013 10:33 AM
I try and limit regular bacon to once a week and eat turkey bacon 2 or 3x a week.
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February 11, 2013 10:34 AM
There is no turkey bacon.

There is only pork bacon.

Problem solved.
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February 11, 2013 10:35 AM
I don't believe in denial, so have a piece of pork bacon if you like.

Personally, I can't stand a mouthful of grease, so I stick to turkey bacon. Another benefit is how few calories it has, too. :)
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February 11, 2013 10:36 AM
The turkey bacon we have here is made from mechanically-separated meats, so definitely highly processed. I would say regular bacon is probably closer to natural for that reason, even though it is obviously processed some as well. I like both, but I definitely prefer the real stuff.
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February 11, 2013 10:37 AM
Center cut bacon! Look for it on sale (it can be pricey) and freeze.
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February 11, 2013 10:37 AM
There is no bacon other than what comes off of a pig. Turkey bacon is simply blasphemy, like when they ask "vanilla or chocolate" when you ask for a frosty @ Wendy's. 2 pieces of Wright brand thick bacon = 90 calories. And is the Best.Bacon.Ever.
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February 11, 2013 10:38 AM
I tried chicken bacon and turkey bacon and the flavor difference just is too much. There isn't enough bad about regular bacon to make me want to switch again. Ill take it in moderation, like I have everything else.
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February 11, 2013 10:38 AM
I prefer pig bacon. I like the the texture and taste better. Nutritionally they are very similar. I go for the center cut or uncured nitrate free stuff.
February 11, 2013 10:39 AM
QUOTE:

There is no turkey bacon.

There is only pork bacon.

Problem solved.


This. And can anyone get a GIF image going of Ron Swanson from "Parks and Recreation" where he puts the 'veggie' bacon in the trash can. That would fit perfectly.
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February 11, 2013 10:39 AM
I am Jewish, so bacon is out for me. But I have tried turkey bacon and definitely not a fan. However, we recently found chicken bacon and prefer it. It cooks up more like real bacon (crispier).
February 11, 2013 10:40 AM
Turkey bacon is good, but you need to get a quality brand, not Jennie-O.
Look for Applegate, Wellshire, or Garrett. These 3 taste good and have a great nutritional profile. MOST of the ones you find on the shelf are garbage.

On the other hand, when it comes to regular pig bacon, you can pick up just about any old package and it's just as good as the others.
February 11, 2013 10:40 AM
I actually like both and have both. I find turkey bacon cooks up quicker and has a nice smokey flavor. I also love turkey pepperoni too! It just depends on my mood, what I'm cooking, and how much bacon I want. If I want a BLT piled 6inches high with bacon I'll opt for the turkey. If I want bacon and eggs I do the real stuff.

Both have their place.
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February 11, 2013 10:41 AM
QUOTE:

I am a big fan of eating the 'real deal'. If it is high in calories, i have smaller portions, take smaller bites end end up enjoying it more.

Turkey bacon is nothing like the real thing to me. I have never woken up to the smell of turkey bacon sizzling in the pan on a saturday morning and thought, 'what a great smell!'. Know what i mean?

Give me pork bacon or give me nothing. I would rather have more fruit than turkey bacon!

Good luck!


^^ This. Every. Single. Word.
February 11, 2013 10:41 AM
I like both kinds (pork and turkey), but I eat the Turkey meat variety regularly. The stuff I eat is 30 cal per slice.

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February 11, 2013 10:41 AM
QUOTE:

I am Jewish, so bacon is out for me. But I have tried turkey bacon and definitely not a fan. However, we recently found chicken bacon and prefer it. It cooks up more like real bacon (crispier).


Chicken bacon? OOO that sounds good what is the brand?
  17474508
February 11, 2013 10:43 AM
Gut reaction was "Pig bacon? EW!"... then i was like.. wait.. Pig bacon is bacon.

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Edited by placeboaddiction On February 11, 2013 10:43 AM
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February 11, 2013 10:45 AM
Your mileage may vary by brand and you have have other health concerns beyond calories, but speaking strictly from a calorie stand point the difference between regular bacon and turkey bacon isn't really that big. The bacon I buy lists a serving as 80 calories for 2 slices. The turkey bacons I occasionally buy generally seem to be between 25-35 calories per slice. That's really not that big of a difference unless you're eating 20 slices at a time.

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