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February 11, 2013 10:49 AM
I eat two slices of center cut, 30% reduced fat bacon almost daily for breakfast. Low cals and carbs, and with a boiled egg, it does hold me over well until lunchtime.

Biggest issue I have with breakfast is what I really like I shouldn't be eating often (sausage gravy over home-made buttermilk biscuits ... my southern friends on here know what I'm talking about) - so I just try to stick with something filing so I don't get hungry mid morning and start making poor choices.
February 11, 2013 10:57 AM
If I ate pork, I would eat regular bacon. I eat turkey bacon kind of because, if I want "bacon," it's my only option. The one I buy (PC Blue Menu brand) doesn't have mechanically separated meat, but most -- even the big brands -- do.

But yeah, if you're not opposed to eating pork, go for the real deal.
February 11, 2013 10:57 AM
I like the taste of turkey bacon better.
February 11, 2013 10:59 AM
My family eats Godshall's Turkey Bacon, 1 slice is 50 calories, 3g fat, 210mg sodium. It's made from turkey thigh meat, and it tastes very good. It's sliced thick like regular bacon and it doesn't shrink when cooked. I've tried a lot of other brands, they were just ok tasting and their texture didn't feel like bacon. Just search for "Godshall's Turkey Bacon" and you will find their website, I believe you can order straight from them or I buy mine from Sam's Club.
February 11, 2013 11:00 AM
My youngest son (16) like turkey bacon better. But not Jenni-O. It makes him choke. Me, too. It always splinters in our throats.
My youngest has issues withering. He,s never liked any pork and says it makes his mouth feel funny. Once it made his throat 'feel weird' and he hacked it up. So we avoid it.

I jus don,t like the taste of pork. But I do like piggy bacon!
February 11, 2013 12:03 PM
Oh gosh I honestly never thought abut it.


I need to switch to center cut.
February 11, 2013 12:04 PM
Turkey bacon is not bacon.

I avoid bacon most of the time, because I love it. I can easily turn a pound of bacon into one BLT. It's one of those things I haven't mastered portion control on yet. sad
February 11, 2013 12:07 PM
turkey bacon is soooo processed, better to stick with the regular
February 11, 2013 12:08 PM
It's apples and oranges to me.Two different things.Turkey bacon does not cure me of a true craving for regular bacon
February 11, 2013 12:17 PM

Gut reaction was "Pig bacon? EW!"... then i was like.. wait.. Pig bacon is bacon.

^ I lol'd at that!

I like both, I try to stick to turkey bacon just because, as someone else said, I have a problem with portion control when it comes to real bacon.
February 11, 2013 12:20 PM
my pet Pot Belly Pig prefers that i eat turkey bacon...
February 11, 2013 1:29 PM
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February 11, 2013 1:33 PM
I like using Kirkland extra lean ham cut in strips and cooked on a hot griddle until its crisp and has that bacon flavor and a lot less calories as low or lower than turkey bacon with the real pork flavor... because it is pork!
February 11, 2013 1:42 PM
both have their places at my dinner table, but gun to my head decision, oink bacon gets the nod.

My bacon of choice is Gwaltney 40% less fat bacon, a serving is 3 pieces at a meager 60 calories. Love it.
February 11, 2013 2:19 PM
Turkey bacon is disgusting. It's a crime to even call it bacon.
February 11, 2013 4:06 PM

I like the taste of turkey bacon better.

How many times did you have to repeat that phrase before you believed it? ;-)
February 11, 2013 4:18 PM
I guess most of you are in the USA..

In the UK we get bacon like this which you can make lean by cutting the fat off with scissors:

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and even leaner still -

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Really good for watching the fat and calories!
Can you get this stuff in the USA or only streaky bacon?
Edited by heronfolder On February 11, 2013 4:18 PM
February 11, 2013 4:58 PM
I've gotta tell you, the die hards who insist that bacon only comes from pigs are really missing out. Lamb bacon is phenomenal! Beef bacon has been around for years, but it seems a lot of people have forgotten about it.
February 11, 2013 5:08 PM
i love turkey bacon....... ive tried pig bacon and didnt really like it........
February 11, 2013 5:10 PM
I hate turkey bacon. I don't mind anything else turkey, but turkey bacon to me tastes horrible. I haven't tried beef or lamb bacon, would like to but haven't.
February 11, 2013 5:12 PM
Pig. Only. Ever.
February 11, 2013 5:14 PM
Honestly, turkey bacon and pork bacon are so different to me I don't even really substitute one for the other. I like turkey bacon because the consistency is more like ham, so it's good for adding to dishes. I can never get it to crisp up like pork bacon though, so if I want crunchy bacon crumbles, like for baked potatoes or something, I use regular bacon. I do try to get a leaner cut, but I cook it on a wire rack so it doesn't just sit in the fat.
February 11, 2013 5:15 PM

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.

I accidentally bought Applegate Turkey bacon (instead of Applegate pig bacon) and didn't realize it until I went to cook some. It was quite delicious, and now I buy it regularly to add a little delicious protein to my morning. Mmmmm. I feel bad for wasting real bacon fat so I usually only cook some when I'm going to make refried beans.
February 11, 2013 5:15 PM
It's bacon, it's better than just about everything but coffee and chocolate. Enjoy!
February 11, 2013 5:17 PM
Shortcut bacon. Pork. It's v. low in calories, high in protein and very very little fat. I can happily eat it every day.

My rule of thumb tends to be that anything 'pretending' to be something else probably isn't great for you (margarine, splenda, concentrated fruit juice). Always go for least human interference!


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