You read the title right. Chicharon has health benefits! Contrary to common belief, this popular snack is packed with nutrients and can be good for you.
What Is Chicharon?
Chicaron, also known as pork rinds or pork skins, is a crunchy, deep-friend pig skin. Before frying, the skins go through a process of dehydration so that they’re puffed up when fried.
Why Do People Think It’s Unhealthy?
People usually think any body part procured from a pig is full of unhealthy fat. Chicharon is also deep-fried, and we associate anything fried as being fattening.
The Health Benefits
A small pack of chicharon (0.5 oz) contains eight to nine grams of protein. That’s the same amount of protein in 100 grams of nonfat Greek yogurt and more protein in a bag of chips. Protein is essential to the body. It helps repair muscles and can stimulate the production of body chemicals like enzymes and hormones.
- Zero Carbs
This is the main reason pork rinds are often recommended as a snack in low-carb diets, because it’s full of protein and doesn’t contain carbohydrates, unlike other on-the-go snacks. There’s even debate about whether it’s good for diabetics or not because it has little to no impact on blood sugar. While experts are arguing about that, have a bag of chicharon.
An ounce of chicharon contains 152 calories. That’s not such a bad deal if you’re consuming the recommended average of 2,000 calories per day. On the other hand, chicharon can also be high in sodium, and too much sodium should be avoided if you’re prone to high blood pressure. Of course, just like with anything else, balance is key to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Portion control is important if you want to stay healthy while enjoying your favorite snack. If you want to pig out on chicharon (and with any other food), realize that there are unhealthy consequences.
After reading this article, we’re sure you’re hungry for some chicharon now. So, why not head to the nearest SLERS store to satisfy that chicharon hunger?