Are pork rinds OK on a low carb diet?
Pork rinds, or chicharrones in Spanish, are pieces of deep-fried pig skin. Atkins followers and other low-carb dieters, however, prize pork rinds because they contain absolutely no carbohydrates and contribute about 18 g of dietary protein per ounce.
Pork Rinds. Most pork rinds contain zero carbs (check for yourself) and have just fat and protein. Perfect for keto and most low-carb diets! Even better, you can get them in a variety of flavors so you aren't stuck with just the regular.
- High in protein and healthy fats, peanut butter is the perfect snack for anyone following the Ketogenic diet. You can have it on its own, on top of your pancakes or mixed into a protein shake; its up to you. Ensure you get a 100% natural peanut butter, with no added salt, sugar or palm oil.
- You're good to have meat on a ketogenic diet and this includes fatty meat such as pork belly, lamb and poultry with the skin on. This is good news for the taste buds as fat helps to add a lot of flavour.
- When you're on a low carb high protein diet, snacking can be somewhat difficult. You can't eat the usual cheese and crackers, or fruit salad, but believe it or not, there are many delicious yet fitting snacks that you can eat. Of course pickles contain no fat or protein, but they contain virtually no carbs whatsoever.
Even better, 43 percent of a pork rind's fat is unsaturated, and most of that is oleic acid—the same healthy fat found in olive oil. Because the rinds are cooked and puffed in a microwave instead of deep-fried, each serving contains only 4 g fat—meaning they're lower in calories and less greasy than regular pork rinds.
- So Processed Meat Has Been Classified as Carcinogenic. First off, when we talk about processed meats, we're talking anything that has been salted, cured, fermented, or smoked, which means hot dogs, sausages, bacon, ham, corned beef, dried meat such as beef jerky, and canned meat or meat-based sauces.
- Beef is about 60% water, so when it is dried most of the weight is evaporated. It takes about 2.5 Lbs of quality beef to make 1 Lb of jerky. Secondly, many jerky companies use expensive chemicals and preservatives when making their jerky, and they have a lot of waste just based on how they make it.
- A 1-ounce portion of beef jerky contains 116 calories and 7 grams of fat, of which 3 grams are saturated. While beef jerky also contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, much of the fat in the food is saturated. If your diet contains large amounts of saturated fat, you're at an increased risk for heart disease.
Pork rinds, crispy chips made from slices of pig skin deep-fried in lard, may be a scrumptious snack to some Southerners, but they sure don't sound like a dieter's delight.
- Cracklins are not the same as pork rinds or pork skins which are made from just the skin of the hog (see sidebar at right). Cracklins are the skin with the layer of fat beneath.
- Pork Rinds. Most pork rinds contain zero carbs (check for yourself) and have just fat and protein. Perfect for keto and most low-carb diets! Even better, you can get them in a variety of flavors so you aren't stuck with just the regular.
- Place crackling rind-side up onto a rack over a shallow baking dish. Brush well with oil. Sprinkle generously with salt. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes, or until small bubbles form on surface and rind is golden and crisp.
Updated: 7th December 2019