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How Pork Rinds Ditched the ‘Junk Food’ Label

How Pork Rinds Ditched the ‘Junk Food’ Label

Though “never quite garnering the following of other, arguably more respectable junk foods,” pork rinds, the paper declared, became “classy crunch.”While Bush helped pork rinds pick up status, pork rinds also helped Bush push an image, said Mark Johnson, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who is working on a cultural history of bacon from the colonial period to the present day. “We get country music and pork rinds; they want to seem more approachable.”Fried pork skin is eaten all over the world. Rudolph’s Southern Recipe Original Pork Rinds, for example, contain just two ingredients: pork rinds and salt. While 4505’s pork rinds are noticeably lower in sodium, their breakdown of carbs, protein, fat, and cholesterol is very similar to the old-school pork rinds from Rudolph’s and Utz, and similar goes for Epic’s. Pork rinds, it turns out, are not one-size-fits-all—even if, at the end of the day, what’s in the bag is just fried pork skin.

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