According to Ketogenic, every meat, including seafood, is perfectly acceptable on a keto diet. But this comes with an important caveat — they must be whole, unprocessed meats. Processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and deli meats, can have added sugars that will kick your body out of ketosis at high enough levels. Dieters should also watch for seasonings and sauces that might be added to prepackaged meats and pile on extra carbs. Additionally, processed meats sometimes contain unhealthy ingredients such as carrageenan, which could promote digestive distress and inflammation (via Dr. Axe).
Unprocessed, fatty cuts of meat, such as ribeye steak and chicken thighs, are good ways to keep up your keto meal routine, says Men’s Health. Healthy higher-fat vegetables, like avocados, can also be an important part of a well-rounded keto diet as well as offer important nutrients (via BBC Good Food).
Meats are perfect for keto diets, but if you’re not careful about avoiding the highly processed ones, certain harmful effects can creep in. So while certain types of bacon may be perfect for a keto diet, it might not be the greatest everyday option if the ingredients aren’t paid close attention to.