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[Review] Applegate Naturals Turkey Bacon — Low Fat, Low Calorie, & Better Than The Real Thing

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Most turkey bacon sucks; Applegate Naturals Organic Turkey Bacon does not. In fact, it’s better than the real thing, hands down.

Nutrition aside, bacon might be the most polarizing topic on earth after politics and religion. Better yet, it is religion, given the cult-like group of people that unnaturally obsess over bacon as if it’s some higher diety. See bacon vodka. It’s a thing, along with everything here. Case-in-point.

Before you crucify me as a bacon-hating fitness devil, I’ve never acknowledged typical turkey bacon as a viable alternative. Sure it’s lower in calories and fat, but it’s also highly processed, loaded with preservatives and additives, ridiculously high in sodium, carpaccio-thin, and devoid of any semblance of compelling flavor. Sometimes you just need the real thing in small doses, even in the face of nutritional controversy.

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AG’s turkey bacon is thick cut and juicy.

Fortunately, Applegate’s turkey bacon is a complete game-changer — it merges the best aspects from the turkey and pork worlds and actually improves on both. Nutritionally, it’s a legitimate nutritional powerhouse, with a slender 35 calories, 1.5 g of fat, 0 g saturated fat, and 6g of protein per slice; a stark improvement over the 70/6/2/4 stats on regular bacon. What’s more — it’s completely natural, organic, uncured, and preservative & antibiotic free.


Taste-wise, it’s thick-cut, MEATY, succulent, and absolutely delicious. It’s easily the best bacon I’ve ever had — that includes full-fat pork bacon and Canadian bacon — especially when it’s pan-fried into an egg white scrapple. It packs insane lean, flavor that’s even tastier fuel for your abs and muscles.

If there’s one big negative it’s the lofty price tag, but for ham turkey like this that’ll cut your gut, it’s oh-so worth the splurge.


Nutrition Info1

  • High protein — 6g per slice; 50% more than regular bacon2
  • Low calorie — 35 calories per slice; 1/2 half the calories of regular bacon3
  • Low fat — 1.5g per slice; 75% less than regular bacon
  • No saturated fat — 0g per slice; regular bacon has 2g
  • Organic
  • Uncured
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial ingredients
  • Antibiotic free
  • Nitrate free
  • Gluten free
  • Casein free, dairy free


Get It:

$6-7 — most major grocery chains, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, or health food stores.



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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

Come be friends with me on Instagram (@BRYDISANTO) & Snapchat (BRYDISANTO).
Bryan DiSanto
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