Low Fat Pork
Can pork really be low in fat?
For certain cuts, such as the fillet and the loin, or medallions cut from the fillet and the loin, we can confirm these cuts contain less than 3% fat and less than 1.5% of saturated fat, meaning they are both legally low fat and low in saturated fats.
In fact, the average fat content across the whole pig carcass is 4% fat, which is a lot less than many people expect. Of course, this means some cuts have a higher fat content and some are lower. But overall the 4% average across all cuts means pork is lower in fat than chicken thighs and drumsticks and even chicken breast with the skin on.
So, in answer to the question, can pork be low in fat? Yes it can. There are several types of fat in the diet – all of which are required by the body except trans fats. Eating foods lower in fat and saturated fat, such as pork, and choosing vegetable fats for cooking, is a good way of achieving a healthy balance.
Is pork naturally high in protein?
Yes, all pork is naturally rich in protein, it is also low in sodium and provides ten vitamins and minerals* that contribute towards good health and wellbeing.
Whilst many would instantly associate protein with bodybuilders wanting to maintain muscle mass and muscle growth, we all need protein to support bone maintenance and protein is needed for the normal growth and development of children’s bones.
*Rich in thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 and a source of riboflavin, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and pantothenic acid.