There’s no doubt that bacon is delicious! But of course, many people say it is unhealthy and a lot of people are concerned with how many calories or how much fat it contains. In this post we’re going to break down the nutritional content of may different kinds of bacon so you can have a better idea of what you are eating.
What Kind of Bacon?
All bacon is not the same! Around the world there are different kinds, different cuts, and even within any local area, you are going to probably find a dozen different brands which can all vary. And all that is before we start adding flavorings such as with spiced or candied bacon! And if you want to get into animals other than pork such as turkey or beef bacon, that’s another thing altogether!
Now if you happen to be buying bacon that comes in a packet of some kind, such as from a supermarket, then you should simply read the label as that will contain accurate nutritional information. No need to read any further 🙂
But of course if you purchase over the counter or at a farmers market or similar, you won’t have that kind of data available. That’s where getting a rough guide with this post will be useful.
What we’ve done is taken the averages of various different brands of each type and presented that below.
American / Streaky Bacon
Number 4 in the picture is certainly the most common kind of bacon you’ll find in the USA. In parts of Europe such as the UK and Ireland, it is known as streaky bacon.
This is cut from the pork belly and has a high fat content. In some cases there’s hardly any meat in it at all so when considering the nutritional content, you really have to eyeball it here as one type that has visibly more fat will be different to another cut that has more meat running through it.
UK Back Bacon
In the UK, you will find that back bacon is a much more popular cut. This comes from the loin of the animal and generally has a large lean round of meat surrounded by some fat. Many people who have an aversion to fat will remove the fatty part before or after cooking so they are only consuming the meat.
The nutritional content we list here is for a full rasher (slice) including the fat.
Canadian bacon is more like ham than traditional American bacon. Like back bacon, it is also taken from the loin but is typically taken just from the eye of the loin and has very little fat around the outside so it is much leaner than most other cuts.
Cottage bacon is less common than the varieties listed above but is very tasty. It comes from a different part of the animal – pork shoulder (which is often used for pulled pork) and is often tied into an oval shape before cooking.
This delicious snack is bacon which is cooked in maple syrup. Though there are some alternatives that use different ways to sweeten the meat, maple syrup is the most common. Needless to say, the nutritional content is high in sugar! But oh so yummy 🙂