5 Reasons Pork Rinds Are the Perfect Paleo- and Keto-Friendly Snack
Paleo and keto dieters rejoice! Crispy pork rinds will satiate your crunchy, fatty, salty snack craving.
BY MEGHAN RABBIT
When you’re following a paleo- or keto-friendly diet, truly satisfying snack foods can be hard to find. Sure, you could sprinkle half an avocado with Everything Bagel spice and eat it with a spoon, or even have a leftover piece of chicken or beef. But for many of us, snack foods mean crispy, salty and crunchy—and when that kind of craving strikes, leftover protein from last night’s dinner doesn’t exactly cut it.
Enter 4505 Meats chicharrones and cracklins, which naturally hit all of the diet requirements when you’re following a high-protein, low-carb lifestyle. Here are the top 5 reasons pork rinds are the perfect snack for the keto and paleo diets.
Reason No. 1: They’re naturally gluten-free.
The chicharrones and cracklins from 4505 Meats are entirely free from gluten, because they are made from sustainably raised pork skin. The spices and flavorings used in some of the products are also gluten-free.
Reason No. 2: They’re a Paleo Certified snack.
The Classic, Smokehouse BBQ, Sea Salt and Chili Lime flavors are Paleo Certified, which means The Paleo Foundation—an organization dedicated to helping consumers live a Paleo lifestyle—has deemed the products free from additives, dairy, legumes and grains.
Reason No. 3: They’re a Keto Certified snack
The Classic, Smokehouse BBQ, Sea Salt, and Chili Lime flavors are also Keto Certified, which means they’ve met standards developed by The Paleo Foundation requiring that the products meet specific
Reason No. 4: Pork rinds have less than one gram of sugar.
Wondering why 4505 Meats chicharrones and cracklins have zero carbs and zero grams of sugar on the nutrition label—but you still see coconut palm sugar on the ingredients list? Here’s the deal: While the recipe does have a very small amount of sugar, it’s so small—less than one gram!—that it actually registers as zero on the nutrient panel.
Reason No. 5: They’re delicious on their own—and also make a great chip.
Don’t be surprised if you find pork rinds so tasty you pop them straight from the bag. But if you’re looking for a vehicle for your Paleo- and Keto-friendly guacamole, salsa, queso or other dips, chicharrones are especially great. Even better, they can be used in place of carb-filled croutons on salads, or you can grind them up to use as breading for chicken or fish, which adds a ton of extra flavor—minus the carbohydrates!