Fatty pork makes the cut for top 10 most nutritious food
Bacon is life!
Before embarking on my keto journey, I would never have thought that fatty pork and the word 'nutritious' would ever be in the same sentence together. It is the stuff they tell you to avoid if you want a slimmer more svelt you. It is the stuff that clog arteries and that you really need to spend hours burning it off in the gym.
To be honest, I never really gave it much thought because often times these studies tend to contradict each other after a while. I mean, one moment it is good for you and then the next moment it is not. So what is the real deal with pork actually?
Fatty pork is good for you
Apparently, a research was done and after analysing more than 1,000 raw foods, scientists found fatty pork to be rich in B vitamins and minerals.
How exactly did they come up with the numbers and ranking? The scientists studied each food individually and gave them each a score. The higher the score, the better it is nutritionally for you.
So now if anyone tells you pork fat is bad for you, you have proof because fatty pork made top 10 in the list of top 100 most nutritious food. In fact, they ranked 8th with a score of 73 because it is able to provide optimum balance for a person's daily nutritional requirements. That is more nutritious than lamb, beef fat, and even rank higher than some vegetables!
Pure lard doesn’t contain any trans fats and contrary to what you might think, it is actually 60% monounsaturated fat which is said to be able to lower the risk of heart disease.
Other foods that join the ranks of fatty pork
According to that study, here are the top 10 most nutritious foods and their nutritional scores:
1. Almonds: 97
2. Cherimoya (a type of fruit): 96
3. Ocean perch (a deep-water fish): 89
4. Flatfish: 88
5. Chia seeds: 85
6. Pumpkin seeds: 84
7. Swiss chard: 78
8. Pork fat: 73
9. Beet greens: 70
10. Snapper: 69
Other benefits of fatty pork include being great for the heart, arteries, skin while aiding with regulating the hormones.
Ultimately, moderation is key
However, history might repeat itself and somewhere down the line, at a later date, some other study will come up with another contradictory fact about pork fat. So to be on the safe side, eating in moderation is key. Fatty pork might provide you with your daily nutritional needs, but too much of it can still lead to obesity and other health issues. Suffice to say too much of anything is never a good thing.
Sure, pork fat can be beneficial especially when it is in its pure and unprocessed state. But there are also healthier options that will also give you Vitamin B as well as essential omega-3 fatty acids needed for a balanced diet. Remember, your body needs variety as well. But at least for now we can tell friends, I told you so and tuck in knowing that fatty pork is not that bad for you.