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Bacon Label Nutrition Facts: does that include the fat left in pan?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

My Trader Joe's Center Cut Seasoned Uncured Bacon says 2 strips= 80 cals, 5g fat, 4g protein.

Question: Is that counting the liquid fat not contained in the cooked bacon strips?

So, if I cook me some bacon, then use the remaining bacon fat to fry up the eggs, do I simply count the eggs and bacon strips because the cooking fat was already accounted for in the bacon strips above?

Thanks, Mike

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on May 11, 2012
at 02:10 AM

This is something that I've been trying to figure out on my own, as I'm counting calories to lose fat. I also use the Trader Joe's bits and pieces, and generally eat half of the pound. :/ I read the nutrition info and freaked out a bit.

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Yes, but if you are trying to lose weight and think the two slices of bacon and the 1/3 cup of oil = 80 kcal you are in for a big surprise as you start gaining weight. 1/3 cup of of fat is what 600 kcal...Vs. 80?

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:35 AM

No. I you really want to count calories you should study my answer below! I've given up trying to count calories when I eat fatty food. For example, if I eat a piece of fatty meat I have no clue how many of its calories are fat.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:32 AM

p.s. It's very annoying to count calories when one is eating real food with fat in it!

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on April 26, 2012
at 01:05 AM

Nutrition facts also has a separate entry for bacon grease: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/7186/2

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:57 AM

+1 for asking, because apparently what I thought was wrong! Doesn't it make much more sense to label the facts of the whole, raw, food? Cooking is far too variable to assume!

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Nutrition facts would be for the prepared bacon (assuming "normal" cooking method) so it should not include the fat that would have been left in the pan. Here is one source which seems credible enough:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110113103035AAOLbyz

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on May 10, 2012
at 11:40 PM

I just did some cooking and measuring:

I cooked 5.4 oz of bacon,

It yielded 1.7 oz of bacon strips,

There was 1.1 oz of fat in the pan.

2.6 oz vanished ( I guess water evaporation)

Mike

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:31 AM

According to the US Nutrition Database, a pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts has 472 calories.

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/1070?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=&qlookup=&offset=&sort=&format=Abridged&_action_show=Apply+Changes&Qv=4.54&Q2484=0.5

The USDA database also tells us that a slice of bacon weighs 29 grams (about an ounce).

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2665?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=&qlookup=&offset=&sort=&format=Abridged&_action_show=Apply+Changes&Qv=4.54&Q4929=1.0

If one Trader Joe's bacon strip weighs an ounce and has only 40 calories then a pound of bacon would have only about 640 calories or only about 1/3 more calories than a pound of that boneless skinless chicken breast. I don't think so.

The USDA database says a pound of bacon has 2,079 calories and a one ounce slice has 233 calories. That sounds right to me.

If you really wanted to know how many calories of bacon you were consuming you could collect the runoff fat and guesstimate 100 calories per tablespoon and subtract those calories from what you consume.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on April 26, 2012
at 03:32 AM

p.s. It's very annoying to count calories when one is eating real food with fat in it!

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on April 26, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Most bacon nutrition facts are labeled: two (or whatever) PAN COOKED slices. Which leads me to believe that analysis is down to cooked strips which would not include the run-off. But that would probably vary depending on how crispy you cook them.

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on April 26, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Who cares? Fat is your friend! I keep a jar of bacon fat in my fridge so I can cook stuff in it and it's awesome!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 26, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Yes, but if you are trying to lose weight and think the two slices of bacon and the 1/3 cup of oil = 80 kcal you are in for a big surprise as you start gaining weight. 1/3 cup of of fat is what 600 kcal...Vs. 80?

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on December 30, 2012
at 05:31 PM

If you are truly Paleo with your diet you should not need to count calories to lose fat. You eat to satiety (not gut-busting fullness) and your body does the rest. The MAJORITY of your calories should be coming from FAT anyways, not protein, so why would you want to limit it? Besides, your body processes fat much differently than protien or carbs - not all calories are the same. When you talk about counting/limiting calories you are operating under the old USDA thought process. Read Nora Gedgaudas's book Primal Body Primal Mind for the actual science behind it all. Calories in versus calories out is old hat, and seriously flawed.

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