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Keto Diet and Processed Meats?


#1

Hello,

I recently embarked on a keto diet. Down 10lbs in 2 weeks. love it to say the least.

Iv been eating lots of processed meats (salami, bacon, pepperonni, etc) and was wondering if these are somethings i should be avoiding during this diet?

iv found im limited on foods if i just stick to beef, chicken, pork etc.

let me know what yall think.

thanks!


#2

You should be avoiding processed meats regardless of Keto or not, unless its dried/cured naturally (use common sense here)


#3

why?


#4

Chicken is quite lean, so make sure you are eating thighs and/or dumping oil on it.

When I was in Keto, I ate tons of salami, procuitto, etc. I found chorizo, ground pork and brisket to be staples for me. Remember, too much protein can bump you out of keto, so be cautious of that with leaner meats.


#5

People who eat high amounts of processed meats tend to die earlier. Whether that is because of the processed meat or it just happens that people who lead unhealthy lifestyles are more likely to have processed meats in their diet, I haven’t looked that deeply into it.


#6

At the end of the day, processed meat contains chemicals. Some pointed out to cause disease (ex: cancer one), some doesn’t.

Either way, our understanding of nutrition is very limited so I would avoid putting man made chemicals into my body that are designed to either increase the shelf life or make you eat more, just to be on the safe side.