Can I eat salami on a keto diet?
What is salami?
Salami is a cured sausage that is dried and then fermented, usually made from combining fatty and lean pieces of pork meat together before adding spices and an active culture to kick start the fermentation process.
So, is salami keto?
Yes. Dried, natural salami is extremely low in carbohydrates, making it a keto-friendly food product. The amount of carbs depends on the processing method but typically, no-sugar added salami has 1g of carbs per 100g.
To maintain a ketogenic diet, you should aim for less than 50g of carbs a day. Therefore, salami is ideal for a keto diet as it contains a very small amount of carbohydrates. However, always make sure to read the packaging labels of salami products so you can keep track of your carb intake.
Salami is also a good source of:
Healthy Bacteria – as a fermented meat, your gut will benefit from some healthy bacteria that is good for digestive health.
Protein – as salami is made from meat, it’s no surprise that it is high in protein which is an important macronutrient for growth and repair.
Vitamin B – B12 helps the body keep cells healthy and makes DNA, while B1 prevents complications in our nervous system and helps us convert carbs in energy – both of which can be found in salami.
Fats – salami is high in fat, particularly saturated fats. It’s important to remember fats are a macronutrient and are needed to enable our bodies to function.
Sodium – a high concentration of sodium can be found in salami, so you shouldn’t excessively consume it, but sodium is also needed in the body so don’t rule it out completely.
Best way to enjoy salami?
Salami is delicious on its own or as part of a tasty charcuterie board. Dried snacking salami such as BucknBird products, enable you to get your meaty boost on the go, and can be crumbled over salads, pasta dishes or on your scrambled eggs to give a textural crunch.
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