Many of us are huge fans of having a few strips of bacon as part of a hearty breakfast in the morning.
There’s not many foods that can replicate the crunchy, smoky taste of bacon which can mix perfectly along with some other breakfast options such as eggs and pancakes, but is also just as good on its own.
A lot of the time however, 1 single slice of bacon just isn’t enough with the average consumption of bacon in the US being 2 to 3 strips in the morning both as part of a breakfast, and as a sandwich, however while it is well know that bacon can be quite high in fat content, what about the calories?
Keep reading to learn all about how many calories really are in your breakfast bacon servings, and if it can really fit into a healthy diet.
Number Of Calories In 3 Strips Of Bacon
As mentioned previously, having just one strip of bacon for breakfast or as an afternoon snack is just no good as it is not considered a nutrient-dense food and so will not fill us up and will simply leave us craving more.
3 strips is usually the average amount that many of us will cook up as part of a breakfast which adds up to a total of 161 calories.
When compared to other breakfast options such as pancakes which are actually higher in calories when eating 3 at a time, this is actually a relatively low amount of calories for a good amount of bacon that will satisfy both your tastebuds and stomach for the long day ahead.
One strip of bacon on its own only contains 57 calories so while they do get a bad rep for some of their nutritional downsides including their very high fat content, in terms of purely calories they are a very good option when trying to cut down on weight.
How Much Bacon Is Too Much For Breakfast?
This largely depends on how much processed meat you consume daily.
If you find that weekly you eat a lot of processed meat such as ham, sausages and pepperoni, then it can be a good idea to limit the amount of bacon you eat and keep it to just 1 or 2 slices on the off occasion that you eat it.
If the number of processed meat is fairly low in your diet, then you can fill in this gap with bacon and can eat as much as 6 slices at a time, though it is advised to not go over this number and to not eat this many pieces regularly as bacon is still packed full of sodium and fat.
How Much Fat And Sodium Is In 3 Pieces Of Bacon?
The total amount of fat content in 3 pieces of bacon is 12g which makes up nearly 20% of our recommended daily intake.
This is a very high amount considering we usually eat bacon for breakfast and are going to consume a lot more fat throughout the day which means bacon can easily tip a diet plan over the edge in terms of fat levels if it is not eaten in moderation.
You can therefore eat 3 pieces of bacon in the morning and not have to worry too much about it being extremely high in calories, just keep in mind the high fat content and try to avoid eating foods throughout the day that are also high in fat, such as cheese and dark chocolate, to make sure you’re not consuming too much.
3 pieces of bacon also contains 581 mg of sodium which is 24% of our daily recommended intake, so in a similar fashion it can be a good idea when eating a few slices of bacon in the morning to avoid eating sodium rich foods, including smoked meat, fish and salted nuts, just to make sure you don’t go over the top with your daily intake.
How To Remove Fat From Bacon?
While bacon is known for having fairly high levels of fat compared to a lot of other foods, this unfortunately overshadows a lot of the nutritional benefits it possesses such as the extremely high levels of protein and potassium which are great for keeping our body and muscle tissue strong and healthy.
There are however ways you can make bacon a lot healthier by draining out the fat.
One easy way to do this is to simply barbeque the bacon, while this can take a bit more effort than simply frying it, it will allow most of the fat to drip off the bacon and makes it far healthier to eat.
You can also still pan fry it, but not use any added oil as while this will not necessarily ‘drain’ the fat from the bacon, it will not add any more into the food making it so it will contain a much lower amount of fat when it’s ready to be eaten.
If you don’t want to change your cooking method however but still want to try and reduce the fat content in the bacon as much as possible, one of the easiest ways to do this is simply allowing it to drain on a paper towel after it’s done cooking.
Leave it to rest for about 1 to 2 minutes and the towel will soak up a lot of the excess residue fat that the bacon is usually coated in.
A few slices of bacon in the morning is not likely to cause you to put a lot of weight on as surprisingly, they are actually fairly low in calories compared to most other breakfast options.
Just be mindful of the high amounts of fat and sodium that bacon contains and try not to eat too much of it if you already incorporate a lot of processed meat in your regular diet to avoid going overboard on the unhealthier aspects of these foods.