15 February 2022
What is Polenta Keto-Friendly?
Polenta, by definition, is just a boiled cornmeal mush that can be served in many ways. So if you're having plain polenta, there's nothing to it. It's just cornmeal and water. However, when you start adding things like cheese or tomato sauce (and definitely if you're serving it deep fried), you'll probably be looking at some carbs that will knock you out of ketosis. If you're in a pinch, it could be OK to have a bite or two of polenta with added ingredients if the meal would otherwise be devoid of carbs. But don't make a meal of it.
Polenta is a coarsely ground cornmeal that is mixed with water and heated to a thick consistency. It can be served hot or allowed to cool and cut into squares. Because of its high starch content, it is usually not recommended on the ketogenic diet.
Polenta is a traditional Italian dish that has gained popularity in recent years due to its versatility. Polenta can be served as a side dish, used as a base for pizza crust, or fried until crispy and served as an appetizer or snack.
What Is Polenta?
Polenta is a corn-based product that has been boiled into a porridge or mush. It was the food of the poor in northern Italy, while the wealthy ate wheat, which was more expensive. The word itself comes from the Italian word "pollen" (in reference to the pollen of corn), which means "to pulverize."
Polenta can be prepared with water, stock or milk, and can be served hot or cold. It can also be sliced into shapes and pan fried until crispy. The leftover polenta can then be reheated in boiling water before serving again.
The polenta you see in stores varies greatly. Often, it's instant polenta, which is ready in just 5 minutes by adding boiling water and stirring it vigorously. If you find this type of polenta on your supermarket shelf, don't expect anything great from it. Instead, try to buy the coarse-ground cornmeal called for in our recipes.
Polenta (Yellow Cornmeal)
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.7g 6%
Saturated fat 0.8g 4%
Polyunsaturated fat 2.9g
Monounsaturated fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 368mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 25%
Dietary fiber 6.1g 24%
Protein 9.2g 18%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 2% Iron 12% Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 13%
Polenta is a thick porridge that can be made from various grains. It is traditionally made with yellow maize (corn), but it can also be made from other types of flour, like buckwheat, rice, or chickpea flour. Polenta has been a popular staple for centuries in Italy and across Europe. It can be served as a breakfast porridge, used as a base for pizza-like dishes, or served as a side dish to grilled meats or vegetables. Polenta has become a popular dish among those following low-carbohydrate diets like keto because it's typically made with cornmeal, a whole grain that's high in fiber and protein and lower in carbohydrates than other grains.