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Old 09-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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Less than 2% of sugar in breakfast sausage - yay or nay?

Topic question, mainly, but I was wondering for breakfast sausage, if on the ingredients it says it contains less than 2% of sugar that it would be acceptable for low carbing. I saw a brand that I like, but I'm a tad weary about the sugar. Thanks in advance.
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what is the carb count?
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2% doesn't tell you much. I believe that is by weight, and I think the main weight is water in something like meat... look at the grams per the amount you are going to eat. it's true that sugar is a problem, even in small quantities, for a lot of people. no one can really tell you whether it's too much for you or not. better to get sausage without it, of course.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:46 PM   #4
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The Jimmy Dean All Natural Pork Sausage is the brand I was looking at. Carbs are 1g per 2oz cooked portion. 1g of sugar, though. Here are the ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: PORK, WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, SUGAR, BLACK PEPPER, SAGE, RED PEPPER, SPICE EXTRACTIVES.

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when I was low carbing I did eat those. not all the time, but I didn't worry about it when I wanted some sausage.

my advice if you are going to try them is pay attention to how you feel for the rest the day after you have them. does it kick in cravings, etc?
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I try to avoid these, but it's darn near impossible. If I wanted maple syrup on my breakfast sausage, I'd put maple syrup on my breakfast sausage.
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I would eat those. I eat Jones fully cooked sausages, which have a similar ingredient list.
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I eat that. No problems or cravings.
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I make my own. Easy and then I get to control the ingredients.
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Okay. This is mostly something to avoid because it may trigger cravings (which I will control) or something to avoid because it would cause a stall?
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I've never stalled eating it or had cravings, but you need to be aware of how your body responds so you can be watching for it.
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My rule for myself is to stay at 1 carb for a meat portion, so I would eat 2 oz of that.
I would have eggs with it, because 2 oz cooked isn't quite enough for me.
So 2 eggs with 1/6 of a roll of the sausage (which should cook out to 2 oz) would be 1 carb from the sausage and about 0.8 carbs for the eggs. I would count my breakfast as 2 carbs total.

I don't think I would eat 2 patties totalling 4 oz cooked of that sausage.
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My rule for myself is to stay at 1 carb for a meat portion, so I would eat 2 oz of that.
I would have eggs with it, because 2 oz cooked isn't quite enough for me.
So 2 eggs with 1/6 of a roll of the sausage (which should cook out to 2 oz) would be 1 carb from the sausage and about 0.8 carbs for the eggs. I would count my breakfast as 2 carbs total.

I don't think I would eat 2 patties totalling 4 oz cooked of that sausage.
Nice, so a 2 oz patty of that sausage, two eggs, and maybe some two or three bacon strips along with butter could make a good low carb breakfast?
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Okay. This is mostly something to avoid because it may trigger cravings (which I will control) or something to avoid because it would cause a stall?
I would only be worried about triggering cravings. Everything seems to trigger cravings for me, so I haven't figured out if something like that sausage does. I don't think it's likely to cause a stall.

Sounds like a great b'fast!
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I make my own. Easy and then I get to control the ingredients.
Recipes ?pretty please? A good breakfast sausage is pretty damn near impossible to come by here regardless of carb count!
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If you want additive free sausage, find a good butcher. We get ours from a pa Dutch market. They add some spices, but none of the crap that is in commercial sausage like msg. And more importantly, no added carbs.
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Erinmarie, here is the recipe I use. There are lots of variations, depending on how you like yours but this one was passed on to me from another low carber and I find it just right!

PORK SAUSAGE
2 lb pork loin ground
2 tsp sage
1.5 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red cayenne
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp. brown sugar twin (or 1 drop sucralose or nothing)


Mix well. Each patty 2oz.= 79 calories each, 2.9g fat, .3 carbohydrate, 12.7g protein

They freeze and reheat quite well.
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Nice, so a 2 oz patty of that sausage, two eggs, and maybe some two or three bacon strips along with butter could make a good low carb breakfast?
3 bacon, 2 oz sausage, 2 eggs, 2 tsp butter would be 2 carbs, 480 cal, 28 protein, 39 fat. Sounds good to me for a meal at any time.

I thought you were only gonna eat one meal a day, though. It certainly would not be enough for a whole day, not by a long shot.
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I would eat it. It is between salt and pepper on the ingredient list so it can't be too much.

My grandma used to make her own sausage. I have fond memories of being there on sausage day and volunteering to be a taster. She would spice a big batch, fry up a little, taste it, spice some more, etc. Mmmmmmm.
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3 bacon, 2 oz sausage, 2 eggs, 2 tsp butter would be 2 carbs, 480 cal, 28 protein, 39 fat. Sounds good to me for a meal at any time.

I thought you were only gonna eat one meal a day, though. It certainly would not be enough for a whole day, not by a long shot.
I have been wanting to add breakfast to my routine as well, so that would make two meals a day. I love bacon and sausage. Eggs I can tolerate (hard boiled or scrambled anyway).

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Here's a quick and easy frittata to make ahead. It reheats well.

In an oven-safe skillet (I use cast iron), cook a few pieces of bacon. Reserve some of the grease, wipe the pan out to get rid of any gritty bits. saute onions and whatever else you'd like with some crumbled sausage and some of the bacon grease. When it's done, beat some eggs with a couple tbl heavy cream or half and half, salt, pepper, and hot sauce, and pour over the fried stuff.
Stir gently over medium heat, and lift the edges up and hold the pan at an angle to get more raw egg goop down to the bottom (just like making an omelet). When it's mostly done but still somewhat wet on top, put it under the broiler for 5 minutes or so. Scatter some cheese into it, either while stirring the egg or just on top when you put it under the broiler. Really good, easy, and less dairy than a quiche.

My husband likes sausage, onion, and lots of cheese.
I like bacon, onion, spinach or broccoli, mushrooms, and a little bit of white cheese (mozzarella or provelone usually). I make one up when I'm prepping dinner so it's ready to microwave in the morning.
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