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I found sugar free bacon at costco!

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I never thought to look before because even Americans have so much trouble finding the stuff but today I was walking down the isle and 'no sugar' caught my eye on a package so I checked it out and they had a compliant version! And it was only about $4.50 a package! They called it 'water cured' I think.

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Well that was interesting... the bacon was very good, and tasted like bacon, but it was missing that crazy brain pleasure explosion that normal bacon triggers. It's crazy how a bit of added sugar can do crazy things to your brain when you can't even really taste it. When I eat bacon I really only taste the salt, and this was plenty salty, but it still wasn't the same reaction. I imagine it must be the same for all sorts of other savory processed foods that they add sugar to to make addictive, not because the foods are ones that need to be sweet.

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I will have to check that out.  I've been looking everywhere and even "uncured" bacon in stores, has sugar!  How is that uncured?  So when I found some uncured bacon at the farmer's market, they looked at me funny when I asked if it has sugar.  That worked for me.  I learned after the first cooking that I needed to season it myself, because when the farmer sells uncured, they really mean UNCURED.  No seasonings, just pork.  Unfortunately they haven't been back to the market since that day and I've been looking for other means.

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It was at the Kanata costco and it was in the isle with the bacon/hot dogs/butter that's next to the coffee isle. It was called 'Smithfield no sugar added' but you have to be careful, it's right next to the regular kind of the same brand and the packages look almost identical. 

 

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Update on the Kirkland Low Sodium bacon - it no longer has maltodextrose in the ingredient list. It does however have a chemical that is allowed on the Whole30, but not encouraged. I eat this bacon sparingly (had it 3 times over my month) but it was great to find an option since the Smithfield bacon was not in Ottawa when I looked. 

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I known we're not supposed to pay much mind to the caloric intake of our foods, but I was shocked to see the Pederson's Natural Farms (hickory smoked no sugar added bacon) has 100 calories per SLICE :blink:.  Great flavor, but the turkey bacon that is also sugar free has a decent enough flavor with only 40/slice.  I'd go with the turkey since it has less fat.

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50 minutes ago, Uni_corndog0625 said:

I known we're not supposed to pay much mind to the caloric intake of our foods, but I was shocked to see the Pederson's Natural Farms (hickory smoked no sugar added bacon) has 100 calories per SLICE :blink:.  Great flavor, but the turkey bacon that is also sugar free has a decent enough flavor with only 40/slice.  I'd go with the turkey since it has less fat.

Bacon is a fat source, fat tends to have a lot of calories. Consider that other fat options include 1/2 to a whole avocado and according to google, a whole avocado could have 322 calories. Or olives -- if one olive weighs about 11 grams (I found a site where someone actually weighed one olive, no idea why, but helpful here), and a serving for our purposes is a heaping handful, which for me is about 16 olives (my hand smell very olive-y now), so 16x11=176 grams, and again, according to numbers found on google for just general olives, that's about 200 calories (202.4 if you want the exact number I calculated). So it comes down to 1-2 slices of the Pederson's pork bacon, or 3-4 slices of the turkey bacon -- I'd rather have slightly less of the regular, as it tastes better to me than the turkey.

You do actually need fat. Some vitamins are fat soluble, so you could eat all the vegetables in the world, but if you're not eating fat with them, some of those vitamins won't ever be absorbed and used by your body. Plus, fat is good for brain health, for skin, nails, and hair, and it helps to keep you feeling satisfied between meals so that you don't go back and nibble a bit here, and a bit there, and ultimately end up adding as many calories, or possibly more, than you would have had if you'd just eaten the bacon in the first place.

And if you're still concerned about the calories, remember that when you're eating Whole30, you're not eating a lot of calorie dense foods like sugary stuff or grains, which tend to have more calories than meat and vegetables. So even though the numbers on that piece of bacon seem shocking to you, if you're putting that bacon on a salad with lots of vegetables, some sliced chicken, some dressing, the rest of that salad isn't adding a huge number of calories, and overall, you're having a very nutrient-dense meal, as opposed to a calorie-dense but nutrient-poor meal that many people would eat.

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Thanks for the response, I feel a lot less guilty about it now :) I have a slice on my shrimp salad as we speak.  Sometimes, I suffer from some guilt after eating other things (besides bacon) that, logically, I know aren't that bad for me, so I'll definitely keep in mind fat-soluble vitamins!

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On 12/29/2016 at 1:51 PM, Uni_corndog0625 said:

I known we're not supposed to pay much mind to the caloric intake of our foods, but I was shocked to see the Pederson's Natural Farms (hickory smoked no sugar added bacon) has 100 calories per SLICE :blink:.  Great flavor, but the turkey bacon that is also sugar free has a decent enough flavor with only 40/slice.  I'd go with the turkey since it has less fat.

Fat is not the enemy. Turkey bacon just doesn't do it for me.

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