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Consumer Reports: Mmmm... best bacon!

(WMC-TV) - Mmmm... bacon. Who doesn't like bacon? It is just a matter of finding out which bacon is better!

Bacon, it seems, is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame! You can add some sizzle to your toothbrushing with bacon toothpaste. Satisfy your salty-sweet crave with bacon frosting. There is even bacon soap and bacon bandages.

It feels bacon is in the air... everywhere!

But after testing 15 different bacons, experts at Consumer Reports want to remind you that it is not exactly a health food.

Just two slices of pork bacon can have about 80 calories and between 2- and 400 milligrams of sodium.

"Some of the bacon we tested is made out of turkey, and while that is a healthier option, it is not going to fool your taste buds into thinking it's the real thing," said Adam Kaplan, Consumer Reports.

Instead, try Kirkland Signature pork bacon from Costco. It is the only one Consumer Reports rates "excellent" for taste.

It crisps up nicely -- and consistently has a balanced blend of fat and meat flavors, with just the right amount of smoky sweetness.

"Kirkland only comes in a giant four-pack, but you can freeze unopened bacon for several months," said Kaplan.

Consumer Reports says two very good alternatives are Oscar Mayer thick cut bacon, which has a wood-smoke flavor with some sweetness and Great Value lower sodium bacon from Walmart -- which is a smart choice if you are watching your sodium.

Consumer Reports also tested pre-cooked pork bacon options, but its testers said they were all tough and chewy -- no recommendations.

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