Did you know that the dominant fat in pork is monounsaturated fat, which is the same fat present in olive oil? Monounsaturated fats are considered good for your heart as they protect against cardiovascular disease by improving membrane fluidity. So, pork fat is considered good for your heart's health!
One of the most important health benefits of pork raised outdoors for us “northerners” is that this pork, particularly the fat, is rich in vitamin D. Pigs raised outdoors make vitamin D in their skin and fat through exposure to natural sunlight.
People also synthesize vitamin D in their skin when they are exposed to sunlight. However, in the winter, in northern climates, many people do not make enough vitamin D and thus need to increase their intake of it. Some people choose to do this by way of a daily supplement, but eating food items rich in vitamin D, such as pork from pigs raised outside or fatty fish or beef liver, can also help us improve our vitamin D levels.
Low vitamin D levels can are known to cause numerous health problems in people including poor immunity, delayed wound healing, hair loss, bone and muscle pain, depression, etc. So, it is really important to ensure you are not vitamin D deficient.
The meat and fat of these pigs, when raised outside on natural forage with exposure to natural sunlight, is also rich in other micronutrients such as vitamin E and minerals, such as selenium.
These pigs also tend to be raised without the use of feed additives or antibiotics, which can also benefit our health as well as the pigs.
Choosing pasture or woodlot reared pork is good for human, pig and environmental health!