Foodstruct Nutrition Search | Diet Analysis | Food Comparison | Glycemic Index Chart | Insulin Index Chart | Blog | Subscribe

Bacon and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on May 29, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU


Those who have diabetes should limit or avoid high-fat cuts of meat, such as sausage and bacon, because they’re high in saturated fats. We'll discuss whether bacon is safe for diabetic people or not.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

Although dietary fat has no immediate effect on blood sugar levels, eating a high-fat meal can slow digestion and make insulin work more difficult.
Prok bacon has a tiny carb content: 1.28g per 100g.

The glycemic index of pork bacon is unknown, but due to its low carb content, its consumption will not quickly raise your blood glucose levels.

However, pork bacon is high in fat and salt content and can cause serious health problems if consumed in excess [1].

So be mindful of the consumption of pork bacon.

Visit our Glycemic index chart page for GI values of over 350 foods.

Type-2 Diabetes

Bacon and all pork products are classified as red meats due to their pink or reddish color before cooking.

According to a 2020 study [2], eating just 50 g of red meat per day can increase diabetes risk 11%.

People with diabetes should also avoid or limit their consumption of breaded, fried, and high-sodium meats.

Another study [3] indicates that red meat consumption five or more times per week can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. As a result, researchers suggest that red meat consumption increases diabetes risk independently of dietary patterns.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: May 29, 2022
Data provided by should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.