Is Tripe Keto-Friendly? (& Substitutes)

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Animal-based foods are typically keto-friendly but tripe is an unusual type of meat. Find out whether it is keto-friendly too.

One example of cooked beef tripe contains around 2 grams of carbs per 100 grams.

And even these 2 grams come from spices, herbs, and other additions since raw tripe does not contain any carbohydrates.

In simpler words, tripe itself will almost always be keto-friendly. The number of carbs in your meal will depend more on what ingredients you combine with the tripe.

Something to note is that while this carb count is impressive, tripe is not alone in this.

If you don’t like this food or want to switch things up, there are a variety of keto-friendly tripe substitutes you can consider too.

How many carbs does tripe have?

Since ketogenic diets are very low-carb diets, you definitely want to know how many carbs there are in tripe and the rest of the things you eat.

100 grams of one example of cooked beef tripe contain the following amounts of carbs (1):

  • Total carbs: 2 grams
  • Of which fiber: 0 grams
  • Net carbs: 2 grams

Something to keep in mind is that these carbs come from herbs, spices, and other additions. The same type of tripe does not contain any carbohydrates in its raw form (2).

Since it does not contribute any carbohydrates to your diet, you can say that tripe is very keto-friendly.

One ounce of cooked tripe is about 28 grams and contains the following amounts of carbs:

  • Total carbs: 0.6 grams
  • Of which fiber: 0 grams
  • Net carbs: 0 grams

Similar to the portion of 100 grams, you should have no problem eating an ounce of cooked tripe on keto.

If you get kicked out of ketosis while eating tripe, you likely need to look at the other foods you eat instead.

Other nutrients in tripe

The carbohydrates in tripe are important in keto but they are not the only thing that matters.

Other nutrients like fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals will still influence whether you stay in ketosis and how good your general health will be.

100 grams of cooked beef tripe contain the following nutrients (1):

  • Calories: 94
  • Protein: 11.7 grams
  • Carbs: 2 grams
  • Part of the carbs that is fiber: 0 grams
  • Fat: 4.1 grams
  • Selenium: 17% of the DV (Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B12: 12% of the DV
  • Zinc: 11% of the DV
  • Calcium: 8% of the DV
  • Phosphorus: 7% of the DV

And some other vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts.

Tripe is not the most impressive in terms of these other nutrients but the extra amounts do add up.

In combination with being low in carbs, you can definitely consider eating more tripe when following a ketogenic diet.

Why tripe is often good on a keto diet

To understand why tripe (without carbohydrate-heavy ingredients) can almost never kick you out of ketosis it can be helpful to refresh your keto basics.

Ketogenic diets are ways of eating where you keep your carbohydrate intake low enough to get and stay in ketosis. This is a state where you mainly use fat as fuel (3).

A typical guideline if you want to get into ketosis is consuming 55%-60% of your calories in fat, 30%-35% in protein, and 5%-10% in carbohydrates.

The actual ratios will vary but this guideline can put you in the right direction.

If you do the calculations, you will likely conclude that you can eat around 20g – 50g of carbohydrates (not including fiber) a day.

With this, it should become clear that tripe will almost never be the reason you get kicked out of ketosis. Even if you add herbs and spices (in reasonable amounts).

In fact, tripe can help you stay in ketosis by adding some fat and protein to your diet.

Substitutes for tripe on keto

The basically zero carbs in tripe sound and are somewhat impressive. At the same time, it is worth noting that it is not unique in this.

There are other protein sources with similar amounts of carbs. You may prefer the taste, texture, and/or nutrients of these over tripe.

Additionally, switching up the foods you eat can also make your ketogenic diet more pleasant.

The numbers next to the substitutes below are the amounts of net carbohydrates per 100 grams (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9):

  • Salmon: 0 grams of net carbs
  • Beef: 0 grams of net carbs
  • Eggs (hard-boiled): 1.1 grams of net carbs
  • Tilapia: 0 grams of net carbs
  • Chicken: 0 grams of net carbs
  • Tuna: 0 grams of net carbs

Similar to tripe, there will be tiny amounts of carbohydrates in these substitutes after adding some herbs and spices.

That being said, if you do any portion control, it would be more for reasons like lowering your calorie and protein intake.

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Does beef tripe have carbs?

In its raw form, beef tripe does not have any carbs. After adding some herbs and spices while cooking, there will be small amounts of carbohydrates in it.

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Matt Claes founded Weight Loss Made Practical to help people get in shape and stay there after losing 37 pounds and learning the best of the best about weight loss, health, and longevity for over 4 years. Over these years he has become an expert in nutrition, exercise, and other physical health aspects.