A hearty classic, our lard is tasty and versatile. And, what’s more, our simple, unprocessed natural products can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
To maintain a balanced diet, it’s important to consume certain types of fat, especially the unsaturated present in lard – which, incidentally, you will also find in olive oil. Fats can provide essential fatty acids and act as a carrier for soluble vitamins. Plus, they can perform a protective and supportive function, acting as a cushion for internal organs, as well as providing heat insulation.
Fats are vital for our bodies
- Fats are a powerful source of energy, containing twice as much as protein, starch, or sugar
- The essential vitamins A, D, E, and K can only be absorbed with the help of fat
- Fats supply the fatty acids which our bodies cannot develop alone
- Fats are the building blocks of the cells in our bodies
As well as enhancing the taste of your food, lard contains nutrients that are essential for your body. On average, the human body requires 6-8 grams of unsaturated fatty acids per day, the most important of which is linoleic acid. These essential fatty acids regulate lipid metabolism. As shown here, lard contains a large amount of these necessary fats.
Pork lard contains:
- 10% polyunsaturated fatty acids
- 48% unsaturated fatty acids
- 8g of linoleic acid per 100g
Goose lard contains:
- 12% polyunsaturated fatty acids
- 60% unsaturated fatty acids
In comparison, while olive oil has 75% of unsaturated fatty acids, it only has 9% polyunsaturated fatty acids. Similarly, dairy butter only has 31% of unsaturated fatty acids – far lower than lard. Unlike other fats, goose fat retains its molecular structure at high temperatures, even over 200° C. This means it maintains its beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system (heart and circulation).
To keep a balanced diet and stay healthy, you need to prevent high cholesterol levels. Luckily, lard contains low cholesterol levels, especially when compared to other common foods.
|Food (per 100g)||Cholesterol (mg)|
|Gouda Cheese (45%)||115|
|Crème fraiche (30% Fat)||90|
|Sausage / Ham||85|
|Camembert Cheese (50%)||75|
So how many calories are actually in our lard products? Here are the key facts:
- Pork lard contains 898 calories, or 3.756 kJ per 100g
- Goose lard contains 883 calories, or 3.689 kJ per 100g
- An average slice of bread with lard with greaves contains around 225 calories or 945 kJ
- A slice of bread with butter contains 235 calories, or 987 kJ
- A slice of bread with 20g of butter and sausage contains around 279 calories, or 1.070 kJ
- A slice of bread with 20g butter and cheese contains about 275 calories, or 1.153 kJ
For more information about the nutritional properties of pork and goose lard, check our FAQs
Here at LARU, we know just how good pure, unprocessed food can be: that’s why our lard products are purely natural. In keeping with tradition, we add no artificial additives; in fact, the only thing we add are select herbs to enhance flavor.
Heritage flavors, 21st century methods
Here at LARU, Germany’s only nation-wide producer of pork and goose fat, we are dedicated to making the best lard possible. We combine the rich heritage of the old days with the best and most efficient production methods of the 21ste century.