Good food for good health

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.

A powerful source of energy

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

Essential nutrients

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).

Cholesterol check

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)
Egg Yolk1.65
Low-fat Butter120
Gouda Cheese (45%)115
Crème fraiche (30% Fat)90
Pork lard86
Sausage / Ham85
Camembert Cheese (50%)75
Turkey Meat75
Goose Lard75


Calorie counter

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

In comparison:

  • 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

Good, honest food

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.

LARU: a synonym for lard

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. 

If you want to know more about what our company can offer you, feel free to get in touch.