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Chicago Restaurants - Everyone Loves Bacon

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I've noticed that so many Chicago restaurants, from fine dining to diner or deli love bacon and all members of the pig family.  With pork belly making so many menus, I started to read-around.  I discovered an article in the Chicago Tribune's food section:  Bacon reaches new heights of popularity from October 28, 2009. So I knew that I must talk about this pig craze.   

As a fan of the pork product on an occasional occasion, I have decided that the best way to approach this romance with the bacon and its siblings is with care and with just the nutrition facts (there is a book called, "Bacon:  A Love Story" after all).  My aim is to provide you, the reader, with the nutrition profile of the popular pork family to give you the tools to decide what you shall eat or what you may skip. 

Based on the USDA Nutrient Analysis Database, here are the nutrition facts based on a 3 oz. serving of each (and remember, this is without a side of cheese, bread or even delicious quince - and it certainly doesn't include the calories and fat of the burger you may be topping): 

Bacon, pan fried (10-11 slices equal 3 oz, so this is based on 1 oz or 3 slices)
    - contains 153 calories, 10 g protein, 12 g fat, 4 g saturated fat

Boston Butt, braised
    -  contains 277 calories, 21 g protein, 15g fat, 5.6 g saturated fat

Canadian bacon
    -contains 157 calories, 21 g protein, 7 g fat, 2.4 grams saturated fat

Chorizo (1 link is typically about 2oz)

    - 3oz contains 387 calories, 21g Protein, 33g fat, 12.2g saturated fat

Country-style ham
     - contains 166 calories, 24 g protein, 7 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat

Country (style) ribs, roasted
    - contains 279 calories, 20 g protein, 22 g fat, 8 g saturated fat

Ham (aged or not)

    - contains 139 calories, 14 g protein, 7 g fat, 2.5 g faturated fat

Pork Belly, roasted
    - contains 441 calories, 8 g protein, 45 g fat, 16.4 g saturated fat

Pork chop, boneless roasted
    - contains 111 calories, 21 g protein, 3 grams fat, 1 g saturated fat

Pork chop, roasted
    - contains 272 calories, 19 g protein, 21 grams fat, 8 g saturated fat

Pork rinds
    - contains 463 calories, 52 g protein, 27 g fat, 9.7 g saturated fat

Pork shoulder, roasted

    - contains 244 calories, 15 g Protein, 20g fat, 7.5g saturated fat

Pork tenderloin, roasted
    - contains 122 calories, 22.2 g protein, 3g fat, 1 g saturated fat

Prosciutto
    - contains 166 calories, 24 g protein, 7 grams fat, 2.4 grams saturated fat

Salami
    - contains 345 calories, 19 g protein, 29g fat, 10 g saturated fat

Spareribs
    - contains 307 calories, 18 g protein, 26 g fat, 8 g saturated fat

If you'd like to put any of these numbers in perspective, visit MyPyramid to see how many calories and fat you need in a day.  The average is about 2000 calories with less than 65 grams of total fat and and under 20 grams saturated - for the day - the whole day. 

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2 Comments

JaneH said:

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Hi Jenna, It was nice meeting you at the blog event tonight. I love bacon. In fact, just reading this bacon post guarantees I will eat bacon sometime in the next 24 hours. Have you tried the chocolate-covered bacon at Bleeding Heart Bakery on Belmont near Damen? It costs almost $5 a piece, but the combination is exquisite. I can't even imagine the fat/calorie count, but maybe you should try it and find out. (And when you go there, try the steak tacos at Tony Burrito Mex next door. Not at all greasy :)

EatRightAroundChicago said:

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Hi Jane!

It was a pleasure to meet you as well! Thanks for the recommendation! I will check it out...although I have had the bacon and chocolate and discovered that I like to keep my sweet and savory separate.

You may get a kick out of this piece from ABCnews.com:

http://abcnews.go.com/m/screen?id=8848364&pid=26.

It includes chocolate cake with bacon as one of their "top 7 deadly foods: tasty or gross". It's an amusing look at some of the items we combine that are a wee bit over the top.

Thanks for reading!!!

Sincerely,
Jenna

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