Pork Fat Listed in Top 10 Most Nutritious Foods

Pork fat may not be one of the first item to jump to mind when thinking about nutritious food, but maybe it should be.

According to “Uncovering the Nutritional Landscape of Food,” a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, pork fat ranks in the top 10, on a list of the top 100  most nutritious foods.

The researchers studied more than 1,000 foods and gave them a score based on their “nutritional fitness.” The grade is based on how frequently that the food provides adequate nutrition in different food combinations. The higher the score, the more likely it will meet your daily nutritional needs.

Pork fat scored 73 out of 100, earning it a rank of number 8 overall. It is more nutritious than lamb, beef fat, and even some vegetables. It is also a good source of vitamin B and minerals.

When combined with other foods, pure lard does not have any trans fats; it is 60 percent monounsaturated fat that can lower risk of heart disease.

Here are the top 10 most nutritional foods, and their scores:

  1. Almonds – 97
  2. Cherimoya (custard apple)  – 96
  3. Ocean perch – 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

Although pork fat made it onto the list of the top 10 most nutritious foods, the study does not suggest eating copious amounts of bacon every morning.

“The key is to eat a balance of highly nutritional foods, that when consumed together, do not contain too much of any one nutrient, to avoid exceeding daily recommended amounts,” says BBC. All food should be eaten in moderation to maintain a healthy diet.