Stealth Health Food: Pork Rinds?

17 Jul

pork-rinds[1]I recently came across a Men’s Health nutrition bulletin touting pork rinds as a “stealth” health food.  Naturally, I was somewhat skeptical (it’s my nature) but, after doing a little research, I thought I’d pass on some interesting information.

Pork rinds, also known as chicharrones, are fried pork skins.  They come packaged like potato chips and are described as savory, slightly salty, and surprisingly light.

The down side to pork rinds — keep in mind they are fried — is that they contain 9 grams of fat per serving.  However, I was surprised to learn that each serving has only 150 calories and a whopping 17 grams of protein, about 1/3 more than a serving of beef jerky!

In addition to eating them right out of the bag, as a snack, add them to your sandwich for some extra crunch or break them into bite-sized pieces and use as “croutons” on a salad.


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