Who doesn't love a grilled sausage on the BBQ when the sun is shining. Or tasty homestyle bangers and mash on those cold nights.


The humble sausage is a source of meat enjoyed in a number of different cultures throughout the world. It comes in many different types and styles and is typically made up of different meats including beef, pork, chicken, or turkey. While each type of sausage varies in its ingredients, most are a combination of spices, ground meats and fats.


The main factor likely to increase the carbs in pure meat sausages is the use of binders (such as bread crumbs) which are added to the sausage mix to prevent it from becoming crumbly. Some sausages also have added fruit flavourings like apple which result in an increase in the sugar content. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t low carb sausages out there – you just need to look for a pure meat sausage and check the nutritional label on the back to ensure it has around 1 - 2 grams of carbs per sausage. Or alternatively ask your butcher for the best one.


With regards to salami or smoked sausages, these contain nitrates and nitrites which should both be eaten occasionally and in moderation. We recommend you seek out preservative-free brands sold primarily in natural foods stores.

Posted by Linda O'Byrne
Atkins Nutritionist