Bacon vs. Spam

Nutrition comparison of Cooked Bacon and Spam


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

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

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

  • Both bacon and spam are high in calories and saturated fat.
  • Spam has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin B12.
  • Spam is an excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium and protein.
Detailed nutritional comparison of bacon and spam 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: Bacon (Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked) and Spam (Luncheon meat, pork, ham, and chicken, minced, canned, reduced sodium, added ascorbic acid, includes SPAM, 25% less sodium) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both bacon and spam are high in calories. Bacon has 206% more calories than spam - bacon has 898 calories per 100 grams and spam has 293 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, bacon is lighter in protein, lighter in carbs and much heavier in fat compared to spam per calorie. Bacon has a macronutrient ratio of 0:0:100 and for spam, 17:5:78 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Bacon Spam
Protein ~ 17%
Carbohydrates ~ 5%
Fat 100% 78%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Both spam and bacon are low in carbohydrates - spam has 3.4g of total carbs per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

protein

Spam is an excellent source of protein and it has 177 times more protein than bacon - bacon has 0.07g of protein per 100 grams and spam has 12.5g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both bacon and spam are high in saturated fat. Bacon has 261% more saturated fat than spam - bacon has 32g of saturated fat per 100 grams and spam has 8.9g of saturated fat.

cholesterol

Bacon and spam contain similar amounts of cholesterol - bacon has 97mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and spam has 76mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Spam is an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has more Vitamin C than bacon - spam has 43mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

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

Vitamin D

Spam has more Vitamin D than bacon - spam has 23iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Spam and bacon contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - spam has 0.24mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and bacon does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Spam has more thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate and Vitamin B12.

Bacon Spam
Thiamin 0.004 MG 0.264 MG
Riboflavin 0.015 MG 0.179 MG
Niacin 0.725 MG 3.175 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.007 MG ~
Vitamin B6 0.005 MG 0.283 MG
Folate ~ 4 UG
Vitamin B12 0.09 UG 0.61 UG

Minerals

calcium

Bacon and spam contain similar amounts of calcium - bacon has 1mg of calcium per 100 grams and spam does not contain significant amounts.

iron

Spam has 392% more iron than bacon - bacon has 0.13mg of iron per 100 grams and spam has 0.64mg of iron.

potassium

Spam is an excellent source of potassium and it has 36 times more potassium than bacon - bacon has 15mg of potassium per 100 grams and spam has 564mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

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

Bacon Spam
alpha linoleic acid 0.476 G 0.23 G
Total 0.476 G 0.23 G

omega 6s

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

Bacon Spam
other omega 6 0.442 G ~
linoleic acid 9.426 G 2.436 G
Total 9.868 G 2.436 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: Bacon (Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked) and Spam (Luncheon meat, pork, ham, and chicken, minced, canned, reduced sodium, added ascorbic acid, includes SPAM, 25% less sodium) .

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