Do sugars count in yogurt and bacon? 

For some Ketogenic dieters, full-fat yogurt can be acceptable on a Ketogenic diet. However, as with many other things, there are "warring" camps. Here is why: The bacteria in yogurt eat the lactose for energy. What is on the label is what goes into the product before it is processed.

Carbs that are left behind are a fraction of what is on the label. Some Ketonians will say count all the carbs on the label. Some will say don't count any. In this case, Granny Keto’s way of doing it is to split the difference. So, if I get a yogurt that states 6 grams of carbohydrate for the cup, I will count 3. However, this is for PLAIN UNFLAVORED FULL-FAT yogurt ONLY. We are not talking about flavored or light yogurts. No exceptions.

Sugar and carb counts in bacon follow a similar path. Sugar is often used in the curing process and is burned off in the cooking. However, as with yogurt, manufacturers have to state the grams of sugar going into the process. Many Ketonians stand by the belief that the sugar is burned off in the cooking and used up in the processing and don't concern themselves with the word "sugar" on the label. Again, as with the yogurt, the manufacturer must state all the ingredients in the raw product, but things change with the curing and cooking.

A similar question comes up with salami, because you will almost always see sugar as an ingredient. Any lactose (milk sugar) or dextrose (corn sugar) used in the manufacturing and curing process is eaten by beneficial bacteria that dry out the meat raising the acid levels, which, in turn, prevent the spoiling of the meat. That is why in bacon and salami you will often see 0 carbs even though there is sugar in the product.

Keep in mind that manufacturers can legally say 0 carbs per serving if there is only a fraction of one carb per serving (and often they try to fool you by making a serving size fit the equation), and therefore "The poison is in the dose" meaning that ONE serving of either may be 0 carbs but that does not give you carte blanche to eat 10 servings and call it 0 carbs! Also, with regard to the bacon – do not buy bacon that is advertised as "Honey," "Maple," "Sugar," etc. This often indicates that meat has been coated with sugar and has nothing to do with the curing process.

Ditto for ham. Ham is considered a Keto food, but we are talking plain boiled, roasted or baked ham. Again, sugar may be used in the curing process, but make sure you are not buying hams that are coated with sugar. You know what I’m talking about: the Honey hams or Sugar Maple hams.