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Beef bacon- food of the gods or basically the same as pork nutritonally?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM

When I started this diet I felt that the sudden "bacon is ok" was "cool" but not a big deal. Kinda like someone telling you that you can have as much of a certain kind of candy that you want... but that candy is not even in the top 10 of your fav candies.

So I made bacon. Uncured pork bacon just about every day. That is... off and on. I found that I would go for a week or so where I just was nauseated at the sight. I also couldn't cook with the grease. Even if I couldn't taste it in the food it made me feel like I had just eaten nasty veg oil. (please don't stone me- I still think Im just some kind of freak EVERYONE knows that using bacon grease is awesome)

One day on a whim I bought some uncured beef bacon. I cooked it up and figured it would be gross (sorry but turkey bacon just sounds wrong). And wow.... the heavens opened and the angels sang!!! It was beyond good. I now have it every morning and never tire of it. I eat some beets in order to protect against the nitrates as I know they exist even in uncured bacon.(like a beet hash of sorts). I would absolutely cook with the grease if there was ever any left over lol. I use it to cook up the rest of breakfast which I never did with pork. I had to use separate pans or I would be nauseated by the eggs!

So I guess my questions are:

Is beef bacon nutritionally superior in any way to pork assuming both are uncured and natural etc?

Do you think its possible I am just super sensitive to omega 6? I don't particularly like nuts or pork of any kind.

Is pork bacon grease very high in omega 6?

is It really ok for me to be eating it almost every day?

Thanks=)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 05, 2012
at 01:55 PM

If they're adding "celery juice", then I would say you're eating cured bacon.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 05, 2012
at 03:45 AM

Yep it IS the trader Joes kind=) the 2.99 uncured beef bacon (Ive never seen any other kind). It does have a small amount of fat on it but definitely not as much as pork. I found that by cooking it in ghee it seemed more luscious. And if you happen to cook it in cast iron you get a crispy crust on it woot!

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 05, 2012
at 03:43 AM

Hmm Ive never tried the us wellness kind so I cant offer an opinion but I do appreciate yours! I was pretty afraid the beef bacon I got would taste exactly like a piece of beef but was pleasantly surprised=) And if its healthier than pork bacon all the better. Either way it does what "bacon" is supposed to do- make this diet transition easier until I no longer crave such crutches.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 05, 2012
at 02:23 AM

ancestral stars, I think it's great that you love it and, if anything, it should be a healthier choice than pork bacon. I'm biased against pork because it doesn't always agree with me, so I know where you're coming from.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Good to know, thanks. I just bought some heart from them, too. I cooked it up into a stew with onions, garlic, and turmeric. It's really good! That was my first time eating heart.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Wait, you say it *is* the Trader Joe's kind? Like Happy Now, when I got it from TJ's it was also almost no fat, and tasted like sweet pastrami. Did the kind you get have fat on it? It sounds really good! I'm not eating pork right now, and would love to have some good beef bacon.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:20 PM

Thanks Ancestral stars -I am going to try beef bacon now!

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 04, 2012
at 11:16 PM

The difference between 10:1 and 5:1 seems significant. Maybe that is it. *shrugs* oh well I love it.

518464630b1876e6c41418185dad0912

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:14 PM

I recently found smoked sliced beef brisket at Costco. Sure, it's not grass fed or anything, but it tastes smokey enough that I was able to convince my three year old daughter that it was bacon.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:57 PM

US Wellness Meats has an uncured beef bacon on their site - I have tried their pork bacon and it is divine, so I haven't thought of trying out beef, but might give it a shot now.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 04, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I thought uncured still has nitrates just not "added" nitrates. Instead the celery adds a bit of natural nitrates?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:41 PM

Pork fat is about 10% PUFA, 10:1 O6:O3. Beef fat is about 4% PUFA, 5:1 O6:O3. Pork fat is higher in PUFAs than beef fat, but not really terribly high in PUFAs. Can't see you being sensitive to the fat components though. Also, uncured bacon shouldn't have ay more nitrates than other cuts of meat.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 04, 2012
at 10:39 PM

It is the trader joes kind. I have never seen beef bacon anywhere else- but would gladly try a different brand. I just liked the fact it is uncured.

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:38 PM

What brand of beef bacon is it? I tried the Trader Joe's version, and thought it tasted like sweet pastrami and had very little fat for cooking my greens, but then again I like pork bacon just fine. Heck, if it keeps you fueled, feeling good, and isn't chock full of sugar, I'd say nosh away.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:55 PM

I bought some from US Wellness and it was underwhelming (for my taste buds) and cost a heck of a lot more than "just beef."

Their beef sticks are the best I've ever had and I can't keep them in the house. I loved the beef heart, too, but I ate the beef bacon and said, "Yup, that's a slice of beef all right." I like my usual slow-cooked bones/beef better.

EDIT: Looking at my answer again I wasn't pleased with it. I hope this is better. I think it's great that you love it and, if anything, it should be a healthier choice than pork bacon. I'm biased against pork because it doesn't always agree with me, so I understand where you're coming from.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 05, 2012
at 03:43 AM

Hmm Ive never tried the us wellness kind so I cant offer an opinion but I do appreciate yours! I was pretty afraid the beef bacon I got would taste exactly like a piece of beef but was pleasantly surprised=) And if its healthier than pork bacon all the better. Either way it does what "bacon" is supposed to do- make this diet transition easier until I no longer crave such crutches.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on January 05, 2012
at 12:46 AM

Good to know, thanks. I just bought some heart from them, too. I cooked it up into a stew with onions, garlic, and turmeric. It's really good! That was my first time eating heart.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on January 04, 2012
at 10:53 PM

The fat will have a lower omega 6 content than the pork, so its probably preferred. I don't see too much of an problem with eating it often but some may take issue with the curing.

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