With the recent announcement of our new turkey range, we often get asked if turkey bacon is healthy compared to other meats.
What is the nutritional composition of turkey bacon?
Turkey bacon is made from combining turkey with seasonings. One slice of turkey bacon will be around 30 calories, 2g of fat and 2g of protein. Compare this to pork bacon, at 40 calories per rasher, 2g of fat and 2.5g of protein.
As a source of essential amino acids, turkey meat is rich in lysine, leucine, and tryptophan. The protein found in turkey is significantly high quality. Compared to beef, turkey is almost two times lower in fats. The 100g serving of mixed beef cuts provides 15.4g of fats, while the same amount of turkey contains 7.39g fats.
Turkey meat is an excellent source of B complex vitamins. It is higher in vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6. Turkey is especially rich in vitamin B3 (niacin) and provides nearly two times more of it per serving than beef.
Turkey is also a richer source of Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Sodium than beef.
Will my customers notice the difference?
An alternative to pork bacon is turkey bacon. Turkey resembles the colour and can be smoked, salted and when processed in the same way, it has a similar taste to bacon.
Unlike red meats, turkey has fewer calories, lower fat content and protein levels remain high, even after processing (bacon). For this reason, people with specific bodyweight or dieting targets will favour turkey bacon over traditional.
Traditional cuts of bacon come from the belly / loin – turkey bacon on the other hand can be a combination of any cut including breast meat which offers a lower percentage of saturated fats.
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