Dr. Bob Recommends… Pork Scratchings!

by | Jul 10, 2018

Are Pork Scratchings (or Pork Rinds) good for you on a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) diet?

We say yes they are! Pork Scratchings are good for you on a LCHF diet as they contain a balance of healthy fats (mono unsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated) which the body can use. What we’re not telling you to do is eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner. That would be daft.

In this article, Doctor Bob explains why his region’s native food is so good for you here in much more detail.

As a Black Country boy, born and bred, strong in the arm and “Simple” in the head, I like to think I know a bostin’ pork scratchin’ when I taste one.

They’ve been a working man’s food for a few hundred years now, helping to fuel production down the pit and the iron foundries in the local area, which in turn transformed Britain into the industrial furnace of the world.

So, what makes them such a productive and nourishing food?

Well, they contain a balance of healthy fats (mono unsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated) which the body can use for;

1. Energy, the manufacture of hormones (especially the sex hormones)

2. The structure of cell membranes and the insulation of nerve fibres that allows effective and efficient transmission of messages all around the body.

Also, they are also relatively high in protein, collagen and gelatin (from the skin/rind).

In particular, they are a great source of Glycine, the smallest and simplest of the building blocks (amino acids) used by the body for many very important biological processes and products, including;

  • Red blood cells (Heme)
  • Neurotransmitters (GABA)
  • Hormones
  • Muscle growth
  • Tissue repair
  • Blood sugar regulation

Look out for any unnecessary, unnatural ingredients that may hinder the processing of this food in the body.

Things to try and avoid include:

Vegetable and seed oils (sunflower, corn, canola/rapeseed, soybean, safflower). (These are the fats/oils I always try to avoid, because of their tendency to cause inflammation.)

MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) a flavour enhancer.

Gluten/wheat.

Remember:

“You do not get fat by eating fat, you get fat by not being able to use it as fuel and burn it off.”

So, Keep it Simple: Eat on Purpose and with Purpose!