Bacon Options (from highest to lowest in fat)
Per approximately 1 ounce
|Fat (g)||Protein (g)|
|Hormel Center Cut, 4 slices||140||10||4||10|
Hickory Smoked Bacon, 3 slices
Oscar Mayer Center Cut Naturally Smoked, 6 slices
|Farmer John Premium, 3 slices||105||7.5||4.5||9|
|Oscar Mayer Center Cut Smokehouse Thick Sliced,|
|Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits||100||6||2||12|
|Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon,|
|LightLife Smart Bacon (veggie protein strips), 3 slices||60||3||0||6|
|Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon, 2 slices||40||1||0|
A note on cholesterol: The cholesterol per ounce in the pork options above range from 22 to 30 milligrams. The cholesterol per ounce in the turkey bacon options above range from 30 to 40 milligrams.
A note on sodium: The sodium per ounce in the pork options above range from 420 to 600 milligrams. The sodium per ounce in the turkey bacon options above range from 280 to 360 milligrams.
Healthier Bacon Alternatives?
The reduced-fat bacon lookalikes are definitely not all created equal in terms of taste and texture.
Oscar Mayer’s Turkey Bacon (formerly Louis Rich Turkey Bacon) is a good bacon substitute for many people. But in my opinion, the Jennie-O Lean Turkey bacon, with admittedly a lot less fat and no saturated fat, would be enjoyed by precious few.
There are veggie bacon options, but I don't think any true bacon lover would be satisfied with their texture or taste. And why bother with bacon bits when Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon has fewer calories and the same amount of fat?
The Bottom Line on Bacon and Health
Don’t make bacon a daily indulgence. When you do treat yourself, keep the serving size small, and include antioxidant-rich fruits or vegetables in the meal whenever possible.
If you're a true bacon lover, cut way back on other processed meats to keep your total consumption of processed meat low.
If you want a lower fat and saturated fat pork bacon, choose from the center cut bacons, namely Oscar Mayer Center Cut Smokehouse Thick Sliced. If you want turkey bacon, try a few types until you find a brand you really like.