It's tough to admit it but we all make certain prejudgments. This lesson was most recently illustrated to me while browsing at Whole Foods. I noticed a bag of chicharrones (traditional pork rinds) while strolling down the temptation-laden snack aisle. My first instinct was to turn away. Whole Foods or not, these couldn't possibly be healthy. Thankfully, I stopped and reconsidered.
The brand of pork rinds in question contained only two ingredients: pork rinds and sea salt. The label boasts that it's "Made With: Natural Ingredients, No Preservatives, No Artificial Flavoring, No Artificial Coloring, No Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats". By scanning over the packaging I also learned that Domingo's Traditional Chicharrones have been made in pretty much the same way for over 70 years. It's a family owned operation that uses a special, two-stage cooking process which results in a lighter, milder flavor - I think they're delicious. Also, they claim that their pork rinds are from pigs that are antibiotic-free and humanely raised.
The nutritional content is pretty spot on for low carbers - only 80 calories per serving with 9 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. The sodium content is also reasonable at 200 mg per serving. Best of all, it's entirely carb free.
I realize this isn't exactly a revelation to many in the LC community. But I must admit that I thought of pork rinds as just being LC junk food. This is apparently not so.