Bacon Vs. Salami: Which Is Healthier?

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Bacon and salami are both high in saturated fat
Bacon and salami are both high in saturated fat (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Elin)

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.

Bacon has 43.3 calories per oz. and 3.3 grams of fat
Bacon has 43.3 calories per oz. and 3.3 grams of fat (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Robert S. Donovan)

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.

Eating foods high in saturated fats can lead to obesity
Eating foods high in saturated fats can lead to obesity (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Mike Baird)

Conclusion

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.

There are healthy alternatives to fatty meats that can lead to weight loss
There are healthy alternatives to fatty meats that can lead to weight loss (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt)

Warning

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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