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Kati Decker

Bacon without Sugar?

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Hey all! So I started my Whole30 today (woohoo!). I normally eat Paleo, with the exception of MASSIVE sugar cravings. So I'm thrilled to have started this.

I'm looking for bacon that's made w/o sugar. Everywhere I look, there's sugar, evaporated cane syrup, brown sugar, etc added to the bacon. Are there any others out there without the added sugar?

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Pederson's Farms has the only uncured no-sugar paleo approved bacon as far as I know. I'm stalking my local Whole Foods shelves.

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I get mine from US Wellness online. I've heard that compliant bacon can be found at Trader Joe's but every brand mine carries has sugar.

Ditto this. (Actually, my first order just came today--yay!)

Here's the link:

http://www.grasslandbeef.com/Detail.bok?no=1186

I was also pointed to Heritage Foods:

http://store.heritagefoodsusa.com/cured-pork-cuts-c94.aspx

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My local grocery store sells some without sugar - it's marketed as "Lower Sodium" but it also has no sugar. It's not grassfed or pastured, but it is sugar-free!

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Wellshire Farms sells Paleo friendly bacon without sugar. It actually says Paleo friendly on the package. I get it at Whole Foods here in MA.

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I've tried the US Wellness bacon before & found it lacking in any flavor. 

 

I like buying the cooked pork belly from Trader Joe's & slicing it up like thick-cut bacon.  It actually tastes better than "normal" bacon to me, and the only ingredients are pork belly & salt.

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Costco in San Diego has Kirkland Low-Sodium which is sugar-free. Not sure if that's the same at all Costcos.

We have some of that in our freezer so I went and checked. Yes, no sugar but it has nitrates in it... too bad, I'm starting my second Whole 30 in January

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We have some of that in our freezer so I went and checked. Yes, no sugar but it has nitrates in it... too bad, I'm starting my second Whole 30 in January

 

Nitrates are not actually out on a Whole30, although you're certainly welcome to decide not to have them if that's your preference.

 

Here's an example of a thread where this was discussed before (you can google Whole30 nitrates for more such discussions), and here's the Whole30 Bacon Manifesto for more on the official Whole30 stance on bacon.

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If you have autoimmunie issues, you want to stay away from nitrates. They and sulfites make my hands hurt. Whole Foods sells sugar-free and nitrate-free bacon. Safety too.

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My local grocery store had a low sodium store brand with no sugar. I thought I checked all the packages there when I did my last whole30 so it was a pleasant surprise. I don't eat it often, but it's nice to know I can :)

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Whole Foods has one brand that is compliant! I forget the name of it, but ask a worker there for the sugar free bacon and they are very knowledgable and can help!

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I've tried the US Wellness bacon before & found it lacking in any flavor. 

 

I like buying the cooked pork belly from Trader Joe's & slicing it up like thick-cut bacon.  It actually tastes better than "normal" bacon to me, and the only ingredients are pork belly & salt.

 

whoa, that sounds amazing!! my guy and i tried the pederson's but it was lacking in flavor/heft to us and was also eight dollars for about ten slices. hah.

 

there used to be a food truck here in houston that did a pork belly "BLT" with smoked paprika aioli & a fried egg. MAN.

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Anyone who lives in a sugar-free-bacon wasteland (like I do!), you may have better luck with prosciutto or porchetta (often just pork and salt). They're not the same as bacon, but pretty good subs in most recipes :)

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