Wait, what, pork fat is actually good for you? Well, it turns out that it isn’t your enemy as it made number 8 on the list of top 100 nutritious food (as seen on the BBC Future list) in a study published in the journal, PLoS ONE after scientists analysed over 1,000 raw foods. So, it’s time for you to re-think that serving of crackling and pork rind!
Although pork fat is calorie dense (632 calories per 100g), it is a good source of B vitamins and minerals (Try these 12 best power foods for women). And, pork fat is more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat. When eaten in balance with other highly nutritious food, the combination is beneficial for you. That doesn’t mean you should gorge on a plate full of rinds and crackling while binging on Netflix. Instead, you should eat it in combination with other foods with different nutritional profiles to stay in balance without busting your daily recommended nutrient intake. (Use this easy-to-follow 7-day meal plan to take control of your diet)
Did you know?
It’s probably the ultimate down-home, guilty pleasure, but a 1-ounce (28g) serving of pork rinds provides a whopping 17 grams of protein—nine times the protein in a serving of regular potato chips. And, most of the puffy snack’s fat is oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat you’ll find in olive oil. Another fat found in pork rinds, stearic acid, is a type of saturated fat that doesn’t raise blood cholesterol levels.