Busting the myth of Pork Fat, one chop at a time
Don’t eat too much pork they say, it’s bad for you!
Pork has too much fat they say, don’t eat it!
We have been brought up hearing this and it puts a damper on things for true blue pork lovers.
But new research, published in 2015, suggests differently.
A 1000 raw foods were analyzed by the BBC which found that lard is among the top 10 foods
which provide the best balance for a daily nutritional diet. Pork came out a high 8 in a list of 100
foods with a nutritional score of 74.
The research further states that Pork fat is said to contain ‘a good source of B vitamins and
minerals" as well as being "more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat".
Here are the top ten and their nutritional scores, according to the study:
1. Almonds, 97
2. Cherimoya (Soursop), 96
3. Ocean perch (a deep-water fish), 89
4. Flatfish, 88
5. Chia seeds, 85
6. Pumpkin seeds, 84
7. Swiss chard (Spinach), 78
8. Pork fat, 73
9. Beet greens, 70
10. Snapper, 69
Pork fat is also said to contain oleic acid with 60% monounsaturated fat, which is good for the
heart, arteries and skin in comparison to butter which contains 45% monounsaturated fat.
Moderation is of course key with excessive consumption leading to obesity, according to a
Singapore-based nutritionist interviewed by the Chinese daily who said, and we quote “as long
as it's pure and unprocessed, it can be beneficial for the body". She also warned against
consuming more than six spoonful’s a day and stressed on the importance of a balanced diet.
"For example, meat is a better source of Vitamin B than fat, and essential omega-3 fatty acids
are obtained from other foods”, she also mentioned.
So, it’s good news for us who love our Kalu Pol Pork Curry, Red Pork Curry or Baked Pork Chops.
So, go ahead and tuck in, moderately of course!