Lamb vs. Bacon

Nutrition comparison of Cooked Lamb and Cooked Bacon


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of cooked lamb versus cooked bacon (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in lamb and bacon:

  • Both bacon and lamb are high in calories and saturated fat.
  • Lamb has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin B12.
  • Lamb has signficantly more iron than bacon.
  • Lamb is an excellent source of potassium and protein.
Detailed nutritional comparison of lamb and bacon is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Lamb (Lamb, ground, cooked, broiled) and Bacon (Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both bacon and lamb are high in calories. Bacon has 217% more calories than lamb - bacon has 898 calories per 100 grams and lamb has 283 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, lamb is much heavier in protein, much lighter in fat and similar to bacon for carbs. Lamb has a macronutrient ratio of 36:0:64 and for bacon, 0:0:100 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Lamb Bacon
Protein 36% ~
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Fat 64% 100%
Alcohol ~ ~


Protein

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Lamb is an excellent source of protein and it has 352 times more protein than bacon - bacon has 0.07g of protein per 100 grams and lamb has 24.8g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both bacon and lamb are high in saturated fat. Bacon has 294% more saturated fat than lamb - bacon has 32g of saturated fat per 100 grams and lamb has 8.1g of saturated fat.

cholesterol

Bacon and lamb contain similar amounts of cholesterol - bacon has 97mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and lamb has 97mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Bacon has more Vitamin A than lamb - bacon has 11ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and lamb does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin D

Lamb and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin D - lamb has 2iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Lamb and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - lamb has 0.14mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin K

Lamb has more Vitamin K than bacon - lamb has 5.3ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Lamb has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin B12.

Lamb Bacon
Thiamin 0.1 MG 0.004 MG
Riboflavin 0.25 MG 0.015 MG
Niacin 6.7 MG 0.725 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.66 MG 0.007 MG
Vitamin B6 0.14 MG 0.005 MG
Folate 19 UG ~
Vitamin B12 2.61 UG 0.09 UG

Minerals

calcium

Lamb has 21 times more calcium than bacon - bacon has 1mg of calcium per 100 grams and lamb has 22mg of calcium.

iron

Lamb has signficantly more iron than bacon - bacon has 0.13mg of iron per 100 grams and lamb has 1.8mg of iron.

potassium

Lamb is an excellent source of potassium and it has 21 times more potassium than bacon - bacon has 15mg of potassium per 100 grams and lamb has 339mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, both lamb and bacon contain significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA).

Lamb Bacon
alpha linoleic acid 0.26 G 0.476 G
Total 0.26 G 0.476 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, bacon has more linoleic acid than lamb per 100 grams.

Lamb Bacon
linoleic acid 1.07 G 9.426 G
other omega 6 ~ 0.442 G
Total 1.07 G 9.868 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Lamb (Lamb, ground, cooked, broiled) and Bacon (Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked) .

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