Turkey bacon and old-fashioned bacon are unofficial rivals. The French toast to my pancakes. The oatmeal to my grits. People sometimes opt for turkey bacon because of the it’s inferred healthiness over bacon. There are also some who prefer it because they don’t eat pork in any form. A select few have tasted doggy bacon treats to see if they resemble the real thing. But I digress; let’s stick to the human food.
Our beloved turkey bacon comes from the process of shaping chopped turkey into strips to create the traditional bacon appearance. It can be baked, fried in a pan, or even microwaved if you possess those lazy proclivities. Microwaves and ovens can potentially impact food healthiness; high heat can damage vitamins and phytonutrients. To avoid this conundrum, cook with a pan or skillet on a low setting.
Turkey bacon has less fat and fewer calories than bacon. Percentages vary depending on the quality, but comparisons estimate a 25% difference in calories and a 33% difference in unhealthy fat. Technically, when comparing two items with the same serving size, the one with less fat usually has less calories. Still, it is not completely heart-healthy.
Turkey Bacon Nitrate Content
Similar to bacon, turkey bacon is highly processed, to include seasonings and preservatives. A high number of turkey bacon products contain nitrates and nitrites, added during the manufacturing process. If consumed in excess, nitrates and nitrites chemically mix with acids in the body to form cancer-causing compounds. Throat and stomach cancer are two severe examples of nitrates doing more than providing good taste. Thanks to recent studies, more food companies make it abundantly clear when their products don’t contain nitrates or nitrites.
After factoring in preservatives and sodium, you’re back at square one. Pounds of turkey bacon eaten week after week will wreak havoc on your digestive system. And don’t forget the fat, which is saturated…not good for your insides.
Make the most of turkey bacon with the following tips:
Some “low sodium” or “organic” turkey bacon is available in your local grocery store. It’ll cost a little extra, but it cuts out some of the preservatives and sodium harmful to the body. Beware of products that say “natural” but contain the typical amounts of sodium and preservatives. This happens due to marketing tactics.
Enjoy Turkey Bacon Moderately
Once per week is an acceptable frequency for consuming turkey bacon. This doesn’t mean waiting till Sunday to ingest 2 pounds of it. A few strips of turkey back with a meal will suffice. Also, cook it using a low-heat setting whenever possible.
Mix with Other Foods
Turkey bacon can be part of several recipes.
Toss small pieces in with popcorn and cheese
Chop it up in a BLT pasta
Sprinkle on a salad
Homemade pizza (which should be atop the list)
Bacon banana bread (try it sometime)
These recipes, among others, allow for some bacon, without relying on it as the main course. FYI when replacing bacon with turkey bacon, the taste will differ. Carefully pick and choose which recipes you’ll explore.
So, Is Turkey Bacon Healthy?
Overall turkey bacon is an acceptable substitute to bacon. Don’t believe it’s without risk however. Moderation is the key to enjoying it, and you will still enjoy some turkey bacon health benefits.
Lately, for some reason, I’ve been itching after I shower. Every time I get out of the shower I find that my upper thighs are itching like crazy! I mean, I’m a healthy dude, and I keep my body clean and my skin moisturized. For example, I put on Vaseline intensive care lotion as soon as I get out of the shower. I have to because, if I don’t, the way my upper thighs itch will drive me crazy!
I’m not exaggerating, y’all. They really feel like they are on fire! One day it got so bad that I had to stand in front of this little air conditioner I have in my room immediately following a shower, just to cool my thighs down from the burning, irritating itch.
A Matter of Skin Health
Skin health is just as important as every other type of health topic, and I needed to find a remedy to this itching issue. I did some looking online, and I realized that I’d overlooked one of the most obvious things to do if one area on your body is itching more than others, and that was to use calamine lotion. Also check for acne. I remember my grandma used to use it all the time, I used to always wonder what was the difference between that and regular lotion. Some skin experts also suggested using menthol as a cooling agent after a shower. I’ll be 38-years-old next month, so I guess as I’m getting older I just have to use more things to moisturize my skin more effectively, and keep it healthy.
Pat Yourself Dry
Another thing some of the experts suggested was to pat dry instead of wiping myself down with a towel after a shower. They say if you pat instead of wipe, your skin will remain more moisturized and you won’t strip it of its natural oils. Other things you can do is change soaps, or just use some of the various anti-itch creams that they have out there at the site of the itching.
Maintain your skin’s health, people. It’s very important. Men sometimes don’t do it as well as women do, but more of us should. And, if you think it’s something going on with your skin that you can’t solve on your own, see a dermatologist, because it could be something very serious and you don’t want to ignore it for too long and let it get worse.
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