Chorizo is a highly seasoned chopped or ground pork sausage used in Spanish and Mexican cuisine. I really like eating it with eggs for breakfast.
But is chorizo keto? In this short post, I will explain everything you need to know about chorizo and the keto diet.
Is Chorizo Keto Friendly?
Yes, chorizo is definitely keto friendly. But, you must make sure the product you are buying is actually low in carbs.
There are many brands that make chorizo, and infernally, some of them add additional sugars and starches to their products, so read the label carefully.
There are plenty of manufacturers that offer chorizo that is made from meat and seasonings – without any additional “additions” – look for these options to ensure you are getting a keto friendly chorizo.
How Many Carbs In Chorizo?
It really depends on the brand and type of chorizo you buy. On average, a 3.5oz serving of chorizo contains around 1g of net carbs.
So, as long as you eat it in moderation- chorizo can work as a keto friendly meat option.
Most chorizo products are “processed food”. That doesn’t mean they are bad for you, or that they can’t be a part of a healthy keto diet.
Moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with eating chorizo in moderation, but if you base your entire diet on processed meats and processed foods, you are likely to miss out on important nutrients.
Moreover, many people don’t feel as good eating processed foods on a keto diet as they do eating real, unprocessed meat.
Making Chorizo At Home
There are many chorizo recipes online. Some of them are fairly simple, while others require more skill and patience.
But, if you have the time- making chorizo at home is one of the best ways to enjoy this delicious and unique sausage.
When you make it, you know exactly what ingredients are in it and you can adjust the flavors to your taste.
Keto Recipes With Chorizo
There are many keto recipes that use chorizo as an ingredient. Chorizo is extremely flavorful, so it can really add an interesting flavor to many dishes.
Always look for high quality chorizo that has no added sugar. It may cost more, but the flavor and health benefits will be worth it!
Chorizo is definitely keto friendly, but moderation is key. It’s processed meat – which can have hidden sugars and added carbs, so it’s important to read your nutrition labels.
Choose a high quality product- made with meat and seasonings, without added sugar. Or better yet, make your own!
There are plenty of chorizo recipes online, and many of them are definitely keto friendly.
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