Are Turkey Rashers Healthy?

Turkey bacon rashersWith consumer efforts evolving in 2023, how can you cater to your customers as they ask, “are turkey rashers healthy?”

Turkey bacon is fast becoming a popular alternative to pork bacon and for many reasons.  Turkey offers a halal alternative to pork, it’s healthier and contains less calories.  They contain roughly the same amount of protein as each other, offering an ideal alternative for those looking to follow a calorie-controlled diet.

There aren’t many foods out there that are as satisfying as bacon. From its delicious saltiness to the unique richness that it offers, it is no wonder so many people are absolutely bonkers for bacon. Turkey bacon is made from seasoned pieces of turkey that have been flavoured and seasoned to taste like cured bacon.

Pork vs. turkey bacon

Consumers are looking to eat healthier, with the increase in the health food market accounting for an increasing portion of the food industry.

Some calorie- and fat-conscious eaters choose turkey bacon as a healthy alternative to the pork variety that traditionally graces breakfast tables.

The overall fat content in turkey bacon is significantly lower than pork bacon – around a third less saturated fat.  Turkey bacon also offers a vitamin B complex of nutrients and zinc. The benefit of turkey is the addition of tryptophan too which the body uses to help make melatonin and serotonin. Melatonin helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, and serotonin is thought to help regulate appetite, sleep, mood, and pain.

Turkey bacon tips

You may be asked, “are turkey rashers healthy?” by your customers at the point of purchase. If you choose to provide turkey bacon on your menu, follow these tips for the healthiest outcome:

  • Don’t add salt during the cooking process.
  • Use an indoor grill that allows fat to drip off (don’t pan-fry).
  • Don’t add oil or butter during cooking.
  • Drain cooked bacon on a paper towel to absorb excess grease.

Portions are always an important consideration. Use the flavour impact of the turkey bacon to build up your dish; for sandwiches, complement with fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes and lashings of mayonnaise on sourdough bread for a BLT that wows!

Turkey bacon recipes

If your customers are trying to reduce their fat intake but can’t do without the taste of bacon, then a modest quantity of turkey bacon may be a reasonable alternative to your traditional cured pork bacon. It’s also a great alternative to those who cannot consume pork products due to religious or cultural practices.

Here’s a list of our turkey recipes that utilise our turkey bacon. You can find our turkey bacon on our Turkey page.

Turkey Chowder

Jalapeño Poppers with Turkey Bacon

American-Style Turkey Club Sandwich

Turkey Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich

Call us on +44 (0) 1691 839288 or contact us to request a quote to supply turkey products – and find out how you can cater to increasing demands from consumers, and maintain a high level of customer satisfaction.

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