Baking Bacon and a New Way to Eat: Bacon Nutrition Facts
By now, you’ve probably seen the ads for the Bacon Nutritional Facts series on TV and the like.
In fact, we’ve featured plenty of them, so you might even have heard of the series.
But what do these “bacon nutrition facts” actually look like?
They’re really just labels for the food, not the food itself.
We’ve put together a quick guide to help you make sense of all the information in each of the labels.
They’re not all about bacon, though, and we’ve put a lot of effort into finding the most relevant information about bacon to help with your decision making.
But let’s get right to it.
Bacon Nutrition Fact #1: Bacon Is Not a “Meat” It’s not really clear whether bacon is “meat” or “non-meat”.
It’s a very loose term that has been used to describe a wide range of foods, from cheese to meat.
In the US, for example, bacon is typically defined as “cooked pork”, “sausage meat”, “cabbage meat”, or “chicken meat”.
The meat and cheese categories are relatively more defined.
But for the most part, “pork” is the standard.
“Meat is the animal’s main dietary source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sarah Leighton, a nutritionist at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
“Pork is not the meat in a pie.
It’s the meat and butter.”
And for that reason, bacon can be classified as either meat or not, as long as it’s not meat.
It doesn’t make sense to classify bacon as either.
It might be a “meat-free” product, but if you look at it, there’s no meat inside.
What about “non-” meat?
This category includes “fattening” products such as cheese and butter.
Some cheeses are not “non meat”, but they do have a lot more protein than the average American eats.
And, unlike the other two categories, they’re not “meat”, either.
The most popular of these products is cottage cheese.
But the cheese that you eat with cheese is really just a byproduct of the process of making it.
“Cottage cheese is made of calcium sulfate,” explains Leighton.
“The calcium sulfates that are present in cheese and cream are a precursor to the acid that makes the cheese.
Once the cheese has been made, there is no way to make it more or less calcium-based.”
So it’s very important to note that cheese is not meat, and that it’s entirely possible to eat a lot less dairy than you think you should.
But if you’re wondering how much dairy you should be eating, and if you should limit your intake of certain cheeses, this may help you decide.
Bacon Nutrient Profile #2: Bacon Has A “Carbohydrate” Content Bacon, on the other hand, doesn’t actually contain a lot to start with.
There are about 2,000 different types of carbohydrates, all of which are considered part of the diet, says Leighton; “and each of these is very important.”
These include fiber, protein, and fat.
There’s no “high-carb” type of carbohydrate, but there are a few types that are considered “low-carb.”
These are carbohydrates that aren’t really sugar, but which, as Leighton explains, “have a high amount of dietary fiber.”
(She also notes that many people are confused about which types of carbohydrate are high-carb and which are low-carb, which is also important, because there’s a difference in the amount of carbohydrates that go into the body.)
The most common types of “high carb” carbohydrates are: sugars, which include fructose, sucrose, glucose, maltodextrin, and glucose-starch.