Among the many halal chilled meats on offer from Najma Foods, you may have noticed our Turkey Rashers.
From a halal perspective, it’s obvious why we’ve created a turkey-based bacon. Pork is haram, which means it is not permissible for consumption.
However, those who don’t restrict themselves to a halal diet may be interested to learn that turkey bacon is actually much healthier for you than pork bacon. Even if you’re not a Muslim, you may find that our Turkey Rashers are a better choice for your body.
Here are three reasons why.
Reason #1 – Less Sodium
Your body needs a certain amount of sodium per day. It’s an essential nutrient that your body doesn’t produce on its own. As a result, it relies on you to eat some sodium-rich foods every day to give it what it needs. A lack of sodium in your diet can cause several issues, some of which are neurological in nature.
However, a lot of the foods we eat in a modern diet contain a lot of sodium. Often, the major task lies in limiting your sodium intake, rather than trying to find ways to increase it.
That’s why turkey bacon comes in. The average slice of turkey bacon contains 132mg of sodium compared to pork bacon’s 195mg.
Remember that it’s recommended you eat no more than 2300mg of sodium per day. If you’re struggling to stay under that limit, making the switch to turkey bacon may be right for you.
Reason #2 – Fewer Calories
We won’t claim that you should start looking at turkey bacon as a health food. But the fact remains that it contains fewer calories than pork bacon.
In fact, the differences are quite significant. On average, an 8g slice of pork bacon contains 42 calories. By contrast, a 14g slice of turkey bacon contains only 25 calories.
This means you get to eat more bacon while consuming fewer calories when you go down the turkey route.
The trade-off is that turkey bacon contains a little less protein than its pork equivalent. You get an average of 2g of protein with the 14g slice of turkey bacon compared to 3g with the 8g slice of pork bacon.
Still, it’s easy to get protein from other, healthier sources.
Reason #3 – Less Fat
Again, turkey bacon comes to the rescue if you’re looking to lose a little weight but don’t want to give up on your bacon.
A slice of turkey bacon has only 1.5g of fat, of which 0.5g is saturated fat. By contrast, a slice of pork bacon has 3g of fat, of which 1g is saturated fat.
That means you’re slicing your fat intake in half if you decide to go the turkey route.
The Final Word
As you can see, going for turkey bacon isn’t just the right choice for people who want to stay halal.
It’s also a good idea for those who want a healthier alternative to traditional bacon.