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This is an index of the health notes included in recipes. These short tidbits of information can help answer questions on everything from Omega-3 Fats in fish to whether to cook chicken with the skin on or not. Want to know about garlic and cholesterol? Is it okay to eat eggs or not? It's all here.

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The Health of It All

Fat Content of Pork

Pork is now bred and processed to be much leaner. When compared to cuts of chicken, some cuts of pork are as lean or leaner. Below is a table using a skinless chicken thigh and breast as comparisons (all are based on four ounces of meat).

Nutrients Pork top
loin roast
Pork Sirloin
Boneless skinless
chicken thigh
Boneless skinless
chicken breast
Center rib
loin chop
Calories 160 164 135 125 172 136
Fat grams 6 7.1 4.4 1.4 7.4 3.9
Sodium mg 51 57 97 74 51 57
Saturated Fat grams 2 2.5 1.1 0.4 2.5 1.3
Cholesterol mg 62 73 94 66 62 73
Monounsaturated Fat grams 2.7 3.2 1.4 0.3 3.3 1.8

Polyunsaturated Fat grams







None of these cuts are over 200 calories and the highest amount of fat is the center cut rib chop. This is still very acceptable and considered a lean meat.