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?