If you’re like many people, starting your weekend morning off with eggs and bacon is a favorite activity to do. Many people do enjoy the crunchy taste of bacon but don’t quite appreciate the effects that it can have on their body.
Before you indulge in yet another Sunday breakfast, it’s time to learn the nutritional facts about this food so you can better assess its place in your diet plan.
Let’s take a look at what you need to know about bacon.
Major Nutrients Found In Fried Bacon
If you’re frying up some bacon you can expect to see quite a high degree of total fat content. Not only is there fat in the bacon itself but when you fry it in a pan with butter, you’re just adding to this issue. As you can see from the chart listed above, each slice of bacon is going to provide you with almost 4 grams of fat total, making it well over 50% fat content.
You will still get some protein along with this, so it’s not entirely bad, but in retrospect there are far better ways to get your protein in.
The other big problem that occurs with bacon is that it is a meat that is higher in sodium and preservatives, so if you’re trying to eat a natural diet that will promote overall good health, it’s not really going to be in your best interests.
When selecting bacon at the store, it’s best if you can choose some that has as little white marks as possible. This illustrates that more of the content will be protein rather than dietary fat. Also make sure if you’re purchasing it in a vacuum packed seal that it is still tightly sealed and no air has gotten in.
When storing bacon you can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days, however if you aren’t going to use it within that time period placing it in the freezer will be a better option.
Eat It With:
Bacon is most commonly served with eggs, pancakes, sausage, waffles, hash browns, French toast, or toast during the breakfast meal.
Some people will also choose to eat bacon with their sandwiches or hamburgers or cut it up and place it into a salad as well.
Burn Off Calories In Fried Bacon
To burn off the number of calories in a slice of bacon you would have to do:
- 6 minutes of jogging
- 10 minutes of walking
- 14 minutes of general house cleaning