Answer: Salami is generally very keto-friendly, but watch out for brands that contain added sugar.
Salami's distinctive salty and acidic flavor comes from the curing process, in which pork is dried with a mixture of vinegar, salt, and spices. The traditional recipe contains no carbs, but major salami producers often augment their recipe with sugar. You're more likely to find keto-friendly salami at a standalone deli, as salami at the grocery store is often contains added sugar.
Even with added sugar, salami is rarely a high-carb food. Most processed salami contains less than 1 g of net carbs per slice. Enjoy it, but don't go nuts. You want to save your carbs for nutrient-dense vegetables.
Salami's nutrient content is comparable to pork or beef. A 4 oz serving contains 40% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin B6, 116% of your vitamin B12, and 16% of your iron, all of which are necessary for red blood cell production.
With 38 g of fat per serving, salami makes a perfect afternoon snack. Pair it with cheese - pecorino and provolone go nicely - and you're sure to stay full until dinner.
Salami makes a great topping. Whip up some cauliflower dough and make yourself a keto-friendly meat lover's pizza. Or add it to a greek salad with some avocado and lots of feta cheese. If you're looking for inspiration, check out these keto-friendly salami recipes.
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Serving size: 1 package, 4 oz
|Net carbs||1.8 g|
|Total carbs||1.8 g|