Not all Bacon is Created Equal

Breakfast, Diet, Paleo, Snack

I found this article in the Huffington Post and thought it was pretty cool. As a bacon fanatic, it’s good to know which brands taste better and are better for you. Here are the findings:

The Best & Worst Bacon Brands At Grocery Stores, According To Consumer Reports

Best In Show: Kirkland Signature Regular Sliced Consumer Reports: Kirkland Signature was the only brand Consumer Reports rated “Excellent.” It’s available only at Costco, and was in the midrange of price at 47 cents for each 2-slice serving. There’s a catch, though, even if you already have a Costco membership: it’s sold only in increments of four 1-pound packages.

Among The Best: Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Consumer Reports: Oscar Mayer’s Thick Cut came in second in the Consumer Reports test, with a “Very Good” rating. It’s a bit cheaper (at 42 cents a serving) and slightly lower in calories than the Kirkland.

Among The Best: Great Value Lower Sodium Consumer Reports: Walmart’s in-house brand, Great Value, came in third. It had lower sodium than all brands rated “Very Good” in the Consumer Reports taste test except Niman Ranch Maple Uncured, which costs nearly twice as much.

Among The Worst: Oscar Mayer Turkey Consumer Reports: Oscar Mayer’s turkey bacon got the highest ratings of the three in the Consumer Reports article, but it also had the most calories and sodium of the bunch.

Among The Worst: Jennie-O Turkey Consumer Reports: Jennie-O Turkey bacon got the second-lowest ratings of all bacons tested.

Worst In Show: Butterball Turkey Original Consumer Reports: Here’s the good news: Butterball Turkey Bacon is the cheapest and least caloric bacon tested by Consumer Reports, with just 25 calories in each 11-cent slice. The bad news? It tasted the worst.


Quick Note: Before you run to the store, check out what Self Magazine said about choosing bacon and staying health conscious.

The healthiest bacon choices are “uncured, reduced-sodium center cut bacon.”

So, depending on how serious you are about being Paleo… looking at HOW the bacon is made is definitely something to look at.

Anyways, happy bacon shopping!




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