Bacon Vs. Salami: Which Is Healthier?


Both bacon and salami are fatty meats that are not necessarily healthy. However, when choosing between the two, bacon has fewer calories and grams of fat per slice.

Statistics of Bacon

  • Bacon is high in fat, cured with harmful nitrosamines and not significantly beneficial in terms of protein. 68% of bacon's calories come from fat, almost half of which is saturated. An average slice of pan-fried bacon contains 40-60 calories and 7.9 g of fat.

Statistics of Salami

  • Salami is even unhealthier than bacon, as one slice of cooked beef salami contains 67 calories and 26 g of fat. Salami also contains a higher level of nitrosamines than bacon, so it is advisable to eat it in moderation to avoid risks of obesity and other illnesses.


  • Although neither bacon nor salami provide significant health benefits, bacon is a healthier choice to eat. To avoid nitrate curing agents turning into nitrosamine, make bacon in the microwave. Consume in moderation and do not exceed the adult serving size of 2-3 slices in one meal.


  • Saturated fat can raise cholesterol and increase the risk of heart diseases.

Healthy Alternatives

  • Veggie bacon, commonly referred to as 'facon', as well as vegetarian salami are primarily made with tofu, which is high in protein. Choosing meats lower in saturated fat, such as chicken and turkey, can be a healthy and satisfying exchange.

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