Pizza is a popular food, whether you do keto or not. But traditional pizza is off limits for keto dieters. The crust is made out of wheat flour – a big no-no for keto.
Keto enthusiasts need not worry. There are many good substitutes for traditional pizza crust. Perhaps the most popular is cauliflower pizza crust.
But cauliflower pizza crust is not made out of just cauliflower. If you bought or made such a crust, you might be wondering: is cauliflower pizza crust keto?
What makes food keto?
There’s really just one property that makes food keto: zero (or near zero) carbs.
The whole point of the keto diet is to enter ketosis, a fat burning state that starts when your body runs out of carbohydrates. Without carbs, your body switches to fat as its main source of energy. But ketosis is fragile; too many carbs will return your body to its normal mode of functioning.
Keto foods, then, just need to have no carbs. But good keto food will also be filled with the stuff your body needs on keto – especially protein, fat, and salt.
Protein helps your body grow and rebuild. Fat gives you energy. And salt is necessary because your body tends to lose water and salt when you switch to keto.
Why cauliflower pizza crust is (usually) keto
There is no one single cauliflower pizza crust recipe. You can make your own, or purchase a pre-made crust.
Pre-made crusts are almost always keto-friendly. This is because they are usually marketed to keto customers. Cauliflower is very low carb, and has the right consistency to make a pizza crust out of. So it is a natural base for a keto pizza crust.
But since there is no single right way to make a cauliflower pizza crust, you could theoretically make one that is full of carbs. Cauliflower on its own won’t make a crust – you have to add thickening and binding ingredients to make it stick together.
Usually, these are protein-rich, keto-friendly ingredients like egg, cheese, or chickpea flower. But in theory, you could use wheat flour as a binder.
How to tell if your cauliflower pizza crust is keto
The answer is simple: just check the ingredients.
If you are making your own crust, this is a no-brainer. You know what’s going into it- just make sure you don’t add anything like wheat flour, rice flour, or oats.
If you purchase a pre-made crust, you should read the ingredients list on the side or back of the box. This will tell you what is in the crust, and if there is anything to watch out for.
Many companies produce cauliflower pizza crusts for keto consumers. At KBosh, we take pride in producing 100% keto friendly pizza crusts made from whole ingredients like cheese and eggs. Our crusts are high in protein and fiber.