Bacon - caloric differences

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sammyliftsandeats
sammyliftsandeats Posts: 2,421 Member
Hi all,

I have been reading the food diaries of some on here and I have noticed that there are huge differences in the caloric differences of bacon.

My mom bought me a pack of bacon from the States (I am Canadian) last month and I noticed that it was 100 calories for two slices. And then I looked at the pack of bacon I already had in my fridge, which was 230 for two slices. What gives?

GIVE ME SOME LOWER CALORIE BACON, CANADA!

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  • Sunny_Bunny_
    Sunny_Bunny_ Posts: 7,140 Member
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    Sliced thicker than the other? Any sugar added?
  • no_day_but_2day
    no_day_but_2day Posts: 222 Member
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    Exactly what Sunny Bunny said. The thicker the slice, the more calories it has but probably the tastier and filling it is too.
  • Panda_Poptarts
    Panda_Poptarts Posts: 971 Member
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    The "good stuff" around here is 90-100 cal per slice, and it is thicker. Make sure there's no added sugar, too! I really like "ends and pieces" bacon for the salty smokiness, and it's significantly higher in calorie. Probably cuz it's mostly fat...
  • lithezebra
    lithezebra Posts: 3,670 Member
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    In addition to size differences, some bacon is made from fatty pork belly, and some is made from lean pork loin, like Irish bacon, and maybe Canadian bacon. I like the fatty, crispy kind.
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
    edited March 2016
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg
  • Panda_Poptarts
    Panda_Poptarts Posts: 971 Member
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    We call this cottage bacon :)
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    We call this cottage bacon :)

    Is it popular? I've also seen it referred to as Canadian bacon, not sure if that's correct or not.

    Reminds me of a friend who took a trip to America, she wouldn't stop going on about the bacon. She described it as a hunk of fat with a bit of bacon meat mixed through lol
  • ClaireBearOz
    ClaireBearOz Posts: 64 Member
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    Is it good, Christine? If so, what's the brand?
    I don't mind it fattier than that, but I'm having difficulty finding bacon here that tastes of anything other than salt and nitrites.
    Would love to find uncured bacon somewhere.
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
    edited March 2016
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    Is it good, Christine? If so, what's the brand?
    I don't mind it fattier than that, but I'm having difficulty finding bacon here that tastes of anything other than salt and nitrites.
    Would love to find uncured bacon somewhere.

    Yep, it tastes yum. coles, woolworths and Foodland has it. Just ask for shortcut bacon.
  • LowCarbInScotland
    LowCarbInScotland Posts: 1,027 Member
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    We call this cottage bacon :)

    Is it popular? I've also seen it referred to as Canadian bacon, not sure if that's correct or not.

    Reminds me of a friend who took a trip to America, she wouldn't stop going on about the bacon. She described it as a hunk of fat with a bit of bacon meat mixed through lol

    Lol in the UK, American bacon is called "streaky bacon". I hated streaky bacon when we moved to America when I was little, I missed my British bacon with actual meat in it. Now as an adult, I'm happy to be able to buy my American bacon here in the UK. Normal bacon or "rashers" here are cut from the back of the pork, not the belly. However, you can buy much better pork belly here than in America as it has a big thick layer of fat and skin that they trim away in the US.

    Oh and on the subject of butchery... I would give anything for a flank steak!!!! They don't offer that cut here :disappointed:
  • Christine_72
    Christine_72 Posts: 16,049 Member
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    We call this cottage bacon :)

    Is it popular? I've also seen it referred to as Canadian bacon, not sure if that's correct or not.

    Reminds me of a friend who took a trip to America, she wouldn't stop going on about the bacon. She described it as a hunk of fat with a bit of bacon meat mixed through lol

    Lol in the UK, American bacon is called "streaky bacon". I hated streaky bacon when we moved to America when I was little, I missed my British bacon with actual meat in it. Now as an adult, I'm happy to be able to buy my American bacon here in the UK. Normal bacon or "rashers" here are cut from the back of the pork, not the belly. However, you can buy much better pork belly here than in America as it has a big thick layer of fat and skin that they trim away in the US.

    Oh and on the subject of butchery... I would give anything for a flank steak!!!! They don't offer that cut here :disappointed:

    Yep yep. Same here. I've only seen streaky bacon here recently, it's very new, at least where I live.
  • FIT_Goat
    FIT_Goat Posts: 4,224 Member
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    Hi all,

    I have been reading the food diaries of some on here and I have noticed that there are huge differences in the caloric differences of bacon.

    My mom bought me a pack of bacon from the States (I am Canadian) last month and I noticed that it was 100 calories for two slices. And then I looked at the pack of bacon I already had in my fridge, which was 230 for two slices. What gives?

    GIVE ME SOME LOWER CALORIE BACON, CANADA!

    Is yours listed as raw and the American listed as fried? I have seen that before.
  • LINIA
    LINIA Posts: 1,046 Member
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    That bacon above in the picture is kind of like "Canadian Bacon" here in Florida, it is easy to find and buy but it reminds me of "ham"---the bacon i enjoy the most is thick sliced classic American bacon and the fat doesn't put me off:

    http://hormel.com/Brands/Black-Label-Bacon/new-black-label-bacon/cherrywood-thick-cut-bacon.aspx

    We buy & eat many kinds of bacon but not always organic.
  • Panda_Poptarts
    Panda_Poptarts Posts: 971 Member
    edited March 2016
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    I use Australian short cut bacon, which differs greatly to the American kind. It's

    140 calories per 100g which is 2-3 slices
    2 carbs
    8.2 fat
    15 protein

    6bi4538fg3c3.jpg

    We call this cottage bacon :)

    Is it popular? I've also seen it referred to as Canadian bacon, not sure if that's correct or not.

    Reminds me of a friend who took a trip to America, she wouldn't stop going on about the bacon. She described it as a hunk of fat with a bit of bacon meat mixed through lol

    I wouldn't call it popular at all. Good luck finding it. But when you do.... #buyallthebacon.

    Canadian bacon is a touch different, at least where I'm from, in that it's totally lacking in fat :neutral: The cottage bacon has more of a fat ring around it, without being super duper fatty. Whereas you go to the strip bacon and it's a good portion of fattiness that ends up melting in the pan. I like the ends and pieces bacon, too, because a lot of it is primarily bacon meat.
  • canadjineh
    canadjineh Posts: 5,396 Member
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    Maple Leaf Naturally Smoked Bacon is what I buy. Nutrition Facts on the package says 200 cal for 2 slice serving - zero carbs even though there is sugar used in the smoking process - obviously not enough to register. 19g fat per 50g (2 slice) serving.
  • sammyliftsandeats
    sammyliftsandeats Posts: 2,421 Member
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    FIT_Goat wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I have been reading the food diaries of some on here and I have noticed that there are huge differences in the caloric differences of bacon.

    My mom bought me a pack of bacon from the States (I am Canadian) last month and I noticed that it was 100 calories for two slices. And then I looked at the pack of bacon I already had in my fridge, which was 230 for two slices. What gives?

    GIVE ME SOME LOWER CALORIE BACON, CANADA!

    Is yours listed as raw and the American listed as fried? I have seen that before.

    @FIT_Goat The package reads 2 slices, uncooked.
  • FIT_Goat
    FIT_Goat Posts: 4,224 Member
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    FIT_Goat wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I have been reading the food diaries of some on here and I have noticed that there are huge differences in the caloric differences of bacon.

    My mom bought me a pack of bacon from the States (I am Canadian) last month and I noticed that it was 100 calories for two slices. And then I looked at the pack of bacon I already had in my fridge, which was 230 for two slices. What gives?

    GIVE ME SOME LOWER CALORIE BACON, CANADA!

    Is yours listed as raw and the American listed as fried? I have seen that before.

    @FIT_Goat The package reads 2 slices, uncooked.

    Is that both packages or just the one you had in the fridge? I bet the American one is cooked. You lose a lot of fat when you cook them. It is that it serving size differences (check the grams per serving). If the bacon looks essentially the same, the calories will be pretty close when prepared the same way.
  • sammyliftsandeats
    sammyliftsandeats Posts: 2,421 Member
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    FIT_Goat wrote: »
    FIT_Goat wrote: »
    Hi all,

    I have been reading the food diaries of some on here and I have noticed that there are huge differences in the caloric differences of bacon.

    My mom bought me a pack of bacon from the States (I am Canadian) last month and I noticed that it was 100 calories for two slices. And then I looked at the pack of bacon I already had in my fridge, which was 230 for two slices. What gives?

    GIVE ME SOME LOWER CALORIE BACON, CANADA!

    Is yours listed as raw and the American listed as fried? I have seen that before.

    @FIT_Goat The package reads 2 slices, uncooked.

    Is that both packages or just the one you had in the fridge? I bet the American one is cooked. You lose a lot of fat when you cook them. It is that it serving size differences (check the grams per serving). If the bacon looks essentially the same, the calories will be pretty close when prepared the same way.

    The one I had in the fridge. The American one is probably cooked.

    Should I be logging the nutritional values of cooked or uncooked?

    My typical method of cooking bacon is baking it in the oven in big batches for meal prep. I don't use the cooked off fat when I do it that way.

    Whenever I cook it on the stovetop, I am usually making some else to go with it so I will usually toss my veggies in it or my eggs.
  • FIT_Goat
    FIT_Goat Posts: 4,224 Member
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    That really depends on how concerned you are about the calories and how much bacon you eat. A couple slices a day, not a huge deal. A pound a day (yes, I have done that) and it adds up.

    I usually just put the raw in and subtract about 8g of fat per slice (using a negative entry and the bacon grease) because I weighed it and my long term average was about 8g per slice. If I recall. It has been a long time since I logged bacon, to be honest. Lol. I consider it a "free" food like some people think of veggies.
  • sammyliftsandeats
    sammyliftsandeats Posts: 2,421 Member
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    Thank you for your input!

    I will not worry about it too much right now because I generally only have 2 - 3 slices a day, a few days a week.

    If I am stalling and have done everything else I can, then I will look into it.