Pork rinds? They're loaded with cholesterol, salt and fat. But they crunch pleasingly and explode on the palate with delight before dissolving into a light, bacon-flavored residue. And President Bush loves them.
He was introduced to the crispy tan strips during his days as an oilman in West Texas. After a tough day in the oil fields, pork rinds, washed down with a cold beer, seems like a food of kings - or of presidents.So when Bush left Texas for the political wars of Washington, he carried with him a continuing yen for them.
But a diet laced with pork rinds, say nutrition experts, is bad news for a guy with a job like George Bush's.
"This is an appropriate snack for somebody who is doing a lot of manual labor - an agricultural worker, a guy working on the chain gang, or building railroads," said Dr. Wayne Callaway, an associate clinical professor of nutrition at George Washington University. "Where they are burning up to 4,000 calories a day and sweating a lot, this would be fine."
How about an executive who spends most of his time at the desk?
"As a general snack, it's not a good idea," he said. "I think once a year would be fine."