Calories in Bacon

By Renee Rogers RD, LDN

Bacon is an “empty calorie” food since it contains calories and fat with little nutrients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends everyone reduce their consumption of “empty calories”. The average adult consuming 1,600 to 2,200 calories should consume no more than 120 to 265 calories from “empty calories” per day. 1 slice of thick cut bacon contains 60 calories.

Table Amount of Calories in Bacon:

BrandCaloriesTotal FatSaturated FatProtein
Oscar Mayer Smoked Bacon (1 slice)353g1g2g
Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon (1 slice)353g1g2g
Oscar Mayer Thick Cut Bacon (1 slice)605g1.5g4g
Oscar Mayer Super Thick Cut Bacon (1 slice)907g2.5g5g
Turkey Bacon 95% Fat Free (1 slice)200.5g0g3g
Canadian Sliced Bacon (1 slice)200.5g0g4g
Canadian Style Bacon (1 slice)200.5g0.5g6g
Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits (1 tablespoon)251.5g0.5g2g
Oscar Mayer Low Sodium Bacon (1 slice)353g1.5g2g
Spencer's Back Bacon Dry Cured (1 slice)803g1g14g
Morningstar Meatless Veggie Bacon (1 strip)302g0g1g

Bacon provides a significant amount of “empty calories” to the American diet. Bacon is high in saturated fat and cholesterol while remaining low in heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.

Saturated fats tend to raise ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, increasing risk for heart disease.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends eating smaller amounts of bacon less often to reduce the amount of “empty calories” in your diet and to eat healthier.

4 Responses to Calories in Bacon

  1. DJ says:

    The USDA wouldn't know a good meal if it slapped them across the face.

  2. Firebird says:

    45 percent of the fat in bacon is monounsaturated, the good-for-you fat that can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Better still, bacon's monounsaturated fat turns out to be oleic acid, the same fat found in olive oil.

    2 slices of bacon also contains 7 gms of protein, the most important nutrient we need.

  3. Jim says:

    More horrible advise from the USDA. Bacon is good saturated and monounstaurated fats. Your brain loves bacon.

  4. Kevin Benjamin says:

    Renee, with all due respect you are all wrong. Eating bacon as part of a low carb way of eating decreases triglycerides and raises hdl. This is well documented & the Internet is littered with credible supporting doc. You've been fed a load of bologna and now you're feeding it to the public.

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