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Bacon with sugar

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 02, 2011 at 2:40 PM

From the Applegate Farms website - can anyone verify the response, re 0 grams sugar after the reaction?

[Question from] Melinda W.:

Love that you offer organic turkey bacon, I don't eat pork. However I wont purchase again because of the sugar, why does sugar have to be in everythin[g]? Would you consider a sugar free version?

[Response from] Applegate Farms:

Hello Melinda! Please know that the cane syrup and celery powder are both needed as part of the curing process. When they react together, you???re left with sugars at 0 grams. Hope this helps and thanks for caring about your food.

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on February 09, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Yep, if the packaging label can be trusted. It does not mention sugar in any form.

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:16 PM

By a factor of ten I'd say!

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Really? That's interesting. No "evaporated cane juice"? No "dextrose"?

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:01 PM

what is the serving size? It's a neat trick to have a really small serving size so you can legally say 0 grams.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Those are my favorites too!

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on February 02, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I think people really need to keep perspective about this. Check the carb count on the bacon -- if it's 0 g per serving (or even 1 g) the amount of sugar is vanishingly small. (Something like maple bacon would be a different story.) People act superstitious about sugar, like the faintest trace of it is going to reach out and bite them; there's nothing intrinsically toxic about it as an ingredient, like gluten; the issue is minimizing your consumption of it. Probably a serving of bacon cured with sugar has less than the natural sugars in, say, one strawberry.

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:16 PM

By a factor of ten I'd say!

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:18 PM

I think what she's saying is that the amount of sugar per serving is not significant, or at least that it need not be reported.

I echo the sentiment, though. The only bacon I've found that is sugar-free is from my farmer's market--and that's a rare find in and of itself.

Me, I gave up and use Applegate or the Trader Joe's brand. The amount of sugar in there is far eclipsed by the residual sugar in the dry red wine that I like so much. So I don't worry about getting a small amount of sugar from these two sources (because these are among the handful of very small doses that I get).

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Those are my favorites too!

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:58 PM

At Costco you can buy the Kirkland house brand of low-sodium bacon. It does not have any sugar in it.

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on February 09, 2011
at 02:56 AM

Yep, if the packaging label can be trusted. It does not mention sugar in any form.

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on February 08, 2011
at 09:13 PM

Really? That's interesting. No "evaporated cane juice"? No "dextrose"?

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on February 08, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Please know that when we say 0grams of sugar on our label it's because the USDA has rounding rules, so if there is less than .5% of something, it gets rounded to 0% on the nutritional elements on the label because it is so insignificant. Thanks for asking! Renee from Applegate.

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on February 02, 2011
at 06:26 PM

It's not about the carbs, it's about the AGEs created by adding sugar to meat. Cooking probably potentiates the effect. I hadn't eaten bacon in years and bought 2 pounds of what I thought was high quality bacon from an upscale shop only to find that it was essentially covered in syrup. I ate a piece and then pawned it all off on a less discerning friend.

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on February 02, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Meijer store brand low sodium bacon is also sugar free. Or you can ask for "fresh side" bacon at the butcher shop. It is typically uncured--no sugar, salt or nitrates--and cut fresh off the pig.

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on October 19, 2011
at 06:28 AM

Try thick pork belly from an asian market. It's basically just meat. Might not be pasture raised or anything...but it's as natural, one ingredient as you're gonna get.

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on February 02, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Negligible amounts of sugar don't make it past the cooking process. Burns right off.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:51 PM

I buy bacon made from pastured pork that is cured and cut in the butcher shop. I've looked in the curing packets and it has ample brown sugar along with other spices, and yet it has never raised my BG as far as I can tell. I'm guessing the bacon soaks up very little of the curing liquid. It is cured before they cut it, so there is not much surface area per slice.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Our local Whole Foods in Pittsburgh carries uncut bacon that does not have sugar in it. Perhaps other Whole Foods carry a similar product?

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