Flaxseeds vs. Bacon

Nutrition comparison of Flaxseeds and Cooked Bacon


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

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

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

  • Both bacon and flaxseeds are high in calories.
  • Bacon has signficantly less carbohydrates than flaxseed.
  • Flaxseed has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate, however, bacon contains more Vitamin B12.
  • Flaxseed is an excellent source of calcium, dietary fiber, iron, potassium and protein.
Detailed nutritional comparison of flaxseeds 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: Flaxseeds (Seeds, flaxseed) 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 flaxseeds are high in calories. Bacon has 68% more calories than flaxseed - bacon has 898 calories per 100 grams and flaxseed has 534 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, flaxseeds is heavier in protein, much heavier in carbs and much lighter in fat compared to bacon per calorie. Flaxseeds has a macronutrient ratio of 13:21:66 and for bacon, 0:0:100 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Flaxseeds Bacon
Protein 13% ~
Carbohydrates 21% ~
Fat 66% 100%
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carbohydrates

Bacon has signficantly less carbohydrates than flaxseed - flaxseed has 28.9g of total carbs per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

dietary fiber

Flaxseed is an excellent source of dietary fiber and it has more dietary fiber than bacon - flaxseed has 27.3g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

sugar

Bacon has less sugar than flaxseed - flaxseed has 1.6g of sugar per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

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Flaxseed is an excellent source of protein and it has 260 times more protein than bacon - bacon has 0.07g of protein per 100 grams and flaxseed has 18.3g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Bacon is high in saturated fat and flaxseed has 89% less saturated fat than bacon - bacon has 32g of saturated fat per 100 grams and flaxseed has 3.7g of saturated fat.

cholesterol

Flaxseed has less cholesterol than bacon - bacon has 97mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and flaxseed does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Flaxseeds and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin C - flaxseed has 0.6mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

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

Vitamin E

Flaxseeds and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - flaxseed has 0.31mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin K

Flaxseeds and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - flaxseed has 4.3ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Flaxseed has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate, however, bacon contains more Vitamin B12.

Flaxseeds Bacon
Thiamin 1.644 MG 0.004 MG
Riboflavin 0.161 MG 0.015 MG
Niacin 3.08 MG 0.725 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.985 MG 0.007 MG
Vitamin B6 0.473 MG 0.005 MG
Folate 87 UG ~
Vitamin B12 ~ 0.09 UG

Minerals

calcium

Flaxseed is an excellent source of calcium and it has 254 times more calcium than bacon - bacon has 1mg of calcium per 100 grams and flaxseed has 255mg of calcium.

iron

Flaxseed is an excellent source of iron and it has 43 times more iron than bacon - bacon has 0.13mg of iron per 100 grams and flaxseed has 5.7mg of iron.

potassium

Flaxseed is an excellent source of potassium and it has 53 times more potassium than bacon - bacon has 15mg of potassium per 100 grams and flaxseed has 813mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than bacon per 100 grams.

Flaxseeds Bacon
alpha linoleic acid 22.813 G 0.476 G
Total 22.813 G 0.476 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, both flaxseeds and bacon contain significant amounts of linoleic acid.

Flaxseeds Bacon
other omega 6 0.007 G 0.442 G
linoleic acid 5.903 G 9.426 G
Total 5.91 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: Flaxseeds (Seeds, flaxseed) and Bacon (Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked) .

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