Firstly what’s the difference between pork rinds and pork crackling?
Pork crackling contains a thin layer of fatty tissue that changes the snack’s taste and texture and increases its calories. Pork rinds consist mostly of the pig’s skin, with no extra fat or connective tissue.
Personally, I prefer Pork Crackle because I like the taste of the extra fat.
Pork crackle or Pork rind can be a healthy and delicious snack on a ketogenic diet.
However, just because a food is keto-friendly doesn’t always mean it’s healthy. How healthy or not depends on several factors, only one of which is macronutrient composition/fat content.
When considering Pork Crackle or Rinds you need to consider the following composition of the product.
- The fatty acid composition of the animal
- The type of oil or fat
- Any additional ingredients (such as artificial flavours).
There’s a difference in the chemical composition of animal meat and fat depending on how its raised. Most of us on Keto or Carnivore diets would know that there is a big difference in the Omega 3 & 6 fatty acid ratio over grain-fed cattle.
Animals that are fed grains are done so to get as fat as possible in the shortest amount of time.
They get sick (just like humans would). And that leads to low-quality meat, fat and organs. When it comes to Pork Crackle I prefer the skins from naturally-raised and pastured pigs, Australia That’s hard to find. Free Range Commercial Pork Rinds or Crackle yet we stock the best in the country made by The Real Food Pantry.
Vegetable oils, actually seed oils and are by far the least-healthy option you can choose. Unfortunately, many of those oils — such as canola, safflower and sunflower — are also the cheapest options on the market. That’s why manufacturers love using them.
The problem with those industrial oils is that you can’t extract the oil from seeds without using either high heat or harsh chemicals, both of which lead to damaged fatty acids that are incredibly inflammatory and can cause a host of metabolic diseases in the long run.
A great source of omega-6 fatty acids in the form of LA (Linoleic Acid) which is 1 of 2 essential fatty acids for humans, so get into it!
The perfect Pork crackle shouldn’t have any additional ingredients other than seasoning and sea salt — preferably high-quality salt that contains trace minerals. That means no breading, artificial colours or flavours.
Also, make sure that the fried pork skins you buy aren’t made with bread crumbs or other unhealthy ingredients.
At Keto WA we only stock one Crackle made by The Real Food Pantry because it is FREE RANGE, WA Pork Skins, Gluten-Free with No added oils or other fats used No artificial colours or flavours.