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It's rare to find someone who claims bacon to be a health food, but it is popular, since Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of the breakfast meat a year, according to The Huffington Post. If you choose to include bacon in your meal plan -- whether as part of a bacon-and-eggs breakfast or on your sandwich at lunch or dinner -- make sure it's only in moderation, because it is high in fat, calories and sodium.

Bacon's Nutrient Content

One slice of raw, cured pork bacon, equal to 28 grams, contains approximately 117 calories and 11 grams of fat. Three grams of this fat is the unsaturated variety. Each slice offers about 3.5 grams of protein and 0.36 grams of carbohydrates, but no fiber. It also contains 185 milligrams of sodium, but very few vitamins or minerals -- just 0.11 milligrams of iron, 3 milligrams of magnesium, 40 milligrams of phosphorus and 55 milligrams of potassium.

A Healthier Alternative

Although it's still not a health food, turkey bacon might curb a craving for breakfast meat. One ounce of cooked turkey bacon has 107 calories, 7.8 grams of fat and 8 grams of protein. However, it's still very high in sodium and contains more than 600 milligrams per ounce, so consume it sparingly.

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