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Bacon

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Bacon is a cured meat prepared from a pig. It is first cured in a brine or in a dry packing, either containing large amounts of salt; the result is fresh bacon (also green bacon). Fresh bacon may then be further dried for weeks or months (usually in cold air), boiled, or smoked. Fresh and dried bacon must be cooked before eating. Boiled bacon is ready to eat, as is some smoked bacon, but either may be cooked further before eating.

Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat. It is usually made from side and back cuts of pork, except in the United States, where it is almost always prepared from pork belly (typically referred to as "streaky", "fatty", or "American style" outside of the US). The side cut has more meat and less fat than the belly. Bacon may be prepared from either of two distinct back cuts: fatback, which is almost pure fat, and pork loin, which is very lean. Bacon-cured pork loin is known as back bacon.

Four 14-gram (0.5 oz) slices of bacon together contain 7.45 grams (0.26 oz) of fat, of which about half is monounsaturated, a third is saturated and a sixth is polyunsaturated, and 7.72 grams (0.27 oz) of protein. Four pieces of bacon can also contain up to 800 mg of sodium, which is roughly equivalent to 1.92 grams of salt. The fat and protein content varies depending on the cut and cooking method.


Bacon is usually high in salt and saturated fat; excessive consumption of both is related to a variety of health problems.


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Bacon Gift Set

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Link Snacks Jack Link's Bacon Jerky, Hickory Smoked, 2.5 Ounce

Link Snacks Jack Link's Bacon Jerky, Hickory Smoked, 2.5 Ounce

by Link Snacks

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Unsmoked Traditional Pork Loin Bacon- 1 lb British Back Bacon Rasher

Unsmoked Traditional Pork Loin Bacon- 1 lb British Back Bacon Rasher

by Proper British Bacon

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Bacon Candy Gag Bag Gift- 5 piece set, Bacon candy canes, bacon lip balm, bacon gumballs, bacon mints & bacon toothpicks. By Kinayto Enterprises

Bacon Candy Gag Bag Gift- 5 piece set, Bacon candy canes, bacon lip balm, bacon gumballs, bacon mints & bacon toothpicks. By Kinayto Enterprises

by Kinayto

1 TIN OF TOOTHPICKS -THE SECRET OF GOOD ORAL HYGIENE IS BACON! - These slender sticks of wood are generously infused with the unparalleled, drool-inducing flavor of bacon. Each 3-1/8" x 1-1/2" x 1/2" (7.9 cm x 3.8 cm x 1.3 cm) tin contains eighty toothpicks 1 TIN OF MINTS - THE SMOKY TASTE OF BACON WITH JUST A HINT OF MINT Each one of these mints tastes like a delicious slice of crispy bacon with just a hint of mint flavor to give it that extra punch! It may sound weird but once you taste it, you'll see that mint and bacon is a match made in heaven. Each 2-1/4" x 2" x 1/2" (5.7 cm x 5.1 cm x 1.3 cm) tin contains about one hundred mints. 1 TIN OF GUMBALLS - ENJOY THE TASTE OF BACON ANYTIME WITH BACON GUMBALLS Yes, we've gone overboard with the "bacon" thing, but who can blame us? Bacon is a powerful force and we are but disciples doing our part to spread the gustatory gospel. Each 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 3/4" (8.3 cm x 6.4 cm x 1.9 cm) tin contains about twenty-two bacon flavored gumballs. 1 BOX OF BACON CANDY CANES - MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAVE SOME MEAT CANDY When we told Santa Claus about these Bacon Candy Canes he nearly fell out of his sleigh. Then he let out a jolly guffaw and thanked us for saving Christmas. Not too bad for a days work! Six 5-1/4" (13.3 cm) tall, bacon-flavored canes in each illustrated box. 1 LIP BALM - PREVENT CHAPPED LIPS WITH THE MOUTHWATERING FLAVOR OF BACON Every time you eat bacon don't you wish you could taste that cured meat flavor all day long? Well, now you can! Just carry around a tube of this Bacon Lip Balm and you can keep your lips moist and meaty around the clock. Warning: Your lips will smell like bacon, but they are not bacon. Do not bite your lips. Each tube is 2-1/2" (6.4 cm) long with a twist bottom dispenser.

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Four Oaks Farm Bacon Sampler - 4 Pack -Hickory Smoked Pepper Coated - Hickory Smoked - Applewood Smoked - Hickory Smoked Jowl - Reusable Cooler - Best Bacon you'll ever eat! Free Priority Shipping

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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice cooked (8g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 43Calories from Fat 30
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3.3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.1g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 0.1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0.0
Protein 3.0g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Bacon is usually found in the meats section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Bacon is a member of the Pork Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much does bacon weigh?

measure grams
1 slice cooked 8
1 slice raw 29

In Chinese:熏肉
British (UK) term: Bacon
en français:le bacon
en español:tocino

Recipes using bacon

There are 1316 recipes that contain this ingredient.

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References

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