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I Love Bacon! But Can I Eat It?


Is bacon safe to eat if you have diabetes? Get the facts here.

Serving size: 3 slices (35 g)

Carbs: 0 g

Calories: 161

Glycemic index: n/a*

Glycemic load: n/a*


Bacon is one of those foods that “tastes so good, it must be bad for you,” right? But while it isn’t exactly a health food, enjoying a few slices of its crunchy cured goodness now and again is OK. Per slice, bacon is low in calories, has zero carbohydrates and gives you 3 grams of protein. The main issue with processed meats like bacon, sausages, and deli meat is that they have a lot of sodium. Also, eating large amounts of processed meat has been linked with a higher risk of colorectal cancer and heart disease (which is already a concern when you have diabetes).

That said, bacon can be part of a healthy diet, if you eat it in moderation and include a variety of other proteins (beans, eggs, fish and chicken) in your weekly meal plan.

Quick tip: Crumble a slice of cooked bacon over sauteed greens or string beans; you get the delicious smoky flavor, even with that small amount!


*Can't be analyzed because it doesn't contain carbs.


Published on July 29, 2016.


— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RDN, LD, CDE on June 12, 2016.
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