Ham has become famous as “the other white meat” ever since the media started telling us that red meat would kill us. Fortunately, we know better. Red meat, far from being dangerous, is actually essential to our health and that goes for pork, too.
Eat the Fat
ham is naturally very fatty, so while many people avoid it, or try to buy the lean cuts, we can take advantage of their ignorance by enjoying the fatty parts of this animal.
The Fat Profile
As with most animal fats, the fat is mostly saturated and monounsaturated fats, with only minimal polyunsaturated fats (PUFA). This is good because saturated and monounsaturated fats are much more stable than PUFAs, which tend to oxidize when exposed to heat and light. Consuming oxidized fats should be avoided as much as possible because that’s the fat that leads to oxidized cholesterol in our blood, which is the type most likely to latch onto the inside of our arteries, causing inflammation and plaque build-up.
Aside from the excellent fat profile, ham is also a great source of protein, choline, various B vitamins, and minerals such as phosphorous and zinc.
How to Find Humanely-Raised Ham
How pigs are raised can make a significant difference in the nutrients they provides, as well as the fat profile. To make sure you’re getting the best ham possible, check out this post.