Battle of the Bacon : USA vs Canada

I love bacon.

  • I love streaky, crispy, greasy American bacon.
  • I love smoky Italian pancetta.
  • But I really, really love Canadian peameal bacon.

And I’m not talking about the faux Canadian bacon you can get in American restaurants. That stuff isn’t bacon at all….or Canadian. It’s some sort of smoked ham and I have never seen it north of the 49th parallel.

Unlike American bacon which is made from pork belly (mmmm pork belly), Peameal bacon (or Back Bacon) is made with a boneless eye of pork loin, taken from the back of the pig.

And this makes a huge difference when it comes to calories and macronutrient profile.

For example:

  • 100 grams of American bacon has 541 calories
  • 100 grams of Canadian peameal bacon has 120 calories

There is also a big difference where those calories come from.

American bacon is:

  • 1% Carb
  • 70% Fat
  • 29% Protein

Which is great if you’re on a low-carb Atkins style diet.

Canadian peameal bacon is:

  • 3% Carb – less if you opt for the cornmeal-free Back bacon option
  • 48.5% Fat
  • 48.5% Protein

Which is still low carb, but has a much higher percentage of protein. And yet, it doesn’t taste one bit healthy.

In fact, I dare you to look at the following picture and not drool all over your shirt.

Drooling…aren’t you?

Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

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