Taste Test: Turkey Bacon

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Taste Test: Turkey Bacon

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Do you reach for turkey bacon as a healthier alternative to conventional bacon? As it turns out, there’s not always a huge difference between the two when it comes to nutrition stats. An average slice of traditional pork bacon (about ½ ounce in weight) contains 35 calories, 1 gram saturated fat and 130 milligrams of sodium. Now find out how the turkey version stacks up.

The Criteria
Each brand of turkey bacon was rated on a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). The strips were evaluated based on taste, nutrition and ingredient quality, with special attention paid to calories, fat, sodium and use of preservatives. All slices were cooked in the same fashion, using the microwave for about 2 minutes of cooking time.

Applegate Uncured Turkey Bacon
Rating: 4
Cost: $0.56
Nutrition Info (1 slice – about 1 ounce): 35 calories; 0 grams saturated fat; 200 milligrams sodium
The Healthy Eats Take: This tasty uncured option is nitrite-free. Also in the bacon’s favor: a nice contrast of sweet and salt — and the strips are a good candidate for a BLT if you like some chew to your bacon. The bacon did get penalized for being more expensive and higher in sodium than most other …read more