Many consumers in the low carb market might not have noticed these pork skins by Baken-ets. The plain yellow and orange bag is often overlooked. At least for me, my eyes are quick to pass over these at my local corner store where I go sometimes for a late night snack. After all, if I can find this snack food at a gas station, it probably is not going to be a healthy eating option for myself.
Oh, how I wish I had given these a chance sooner.
I’m a big fan of high protein and all meat low carb options, but most high protein options seem to overcomplicate the recipes until I got to try to these Baken-ets Traditional style Pork Skins. As the package states, these are simple and consist only of fried pork skins but of course there is that “I’m eating pig skin” factor that is worth mentioning.
Baken-ets Fried Pork Skins:
- 0 CARBS
- 3.5 Ounce Serving Size
- Consists of only fried pork skins & salt
What is so Bad About Fried Pork Skins?
Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing inherently wrong with eating pork skin. It is a part of the pig that often gets overlooked or thrown away. It is also a part of the pig that is most often associated with football.
It may be because I was getting over a cold at the time but the night I tried pork skins (years ago) I wound up getting very, very sick. Ever since that point I’ve been a bit biased against ever trying them again. But of course, those years I wasn’t even attempting to eat low carb or practice a healthy lifestyle. So, now that I’ve been eating better, I suppose it was only fair that I tried pork skins again. After all, they can’t be that bad for you. They are 0 carb.
Pork rinds or skins are actually a common ingredient in sausages to improve their consistency. They are produced as a byproduct of rendering the lard. That’s it. And the Baken-ets ingredients are extremely transparent: just fried pork skin and salt. That’s it.
So, I tried them again. And guess what? They’re not that bad. In fact one reviewer on Amazon suggested an interesting recipe. Basically, you can crush these chips up and use them as a low carb coating. That might be worth a try.
eLowCarb Verdict on Baken-ets Chicharones
Though the idea of eating deep fried pork skins may make your heart run away screaming, these in fact are not so bad for you. One Baken-ets serving of 14 grams contains just 80 calories and 20mg of cholesterol. And, let me say repeat this: no carbs. So, in terms of these being deep fried skin – they’re not so bad.
They are lacking in the vitamin department. And that is something to keep in mind when there are so many other options with tons of vitamins and minerals to fill you up, but for the price and 0 grams of net carbs, these can’t be beat.
This snack is great for all low carb eaters. However, if you just don’t have the stomach to try the pork skins (and that’s fine too) I would recommend you to check out other high protein options like Kirkland Signature Steak Strips which pack a lot of protein in a more usual package.