Cholesterol in Pork vs. Beef

By Mallory Ferland

Cholesterol is found in meat fats. Beef, being higher in fat than pork, contains larger levels of cholesterol. But which cut of meat you choose, and whether it's trimmed or not trimmed, plays a significant role in the fat content.

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Cholesterol is found in meat fats. Beef, being higher in fat than pork, contains larger levels of cholesterol. But which cut of meat you choose, and whether it's trimmed or not trimmed, plays a significant role in the fat content.

Red Meat

Steak

Cholesterol is found in fat. Therefore, the more fat, the more cholesterol. Red meat contains the most fat of all animal meat products. In 100 grams of beef, there is 3100 mg of cholesterol.

White Meat

Pork

Pork is considered a white meat and is much leaner than beef. The fat present in pork is continuous (that means it's found throughout). The cholesterol count in pork is 2552 mg for 100 grams of meat.

Healthy Fat

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While cholesterol is undoubtedly bad for cardiovascular health, a diet containing the proper amount of animal fats is actually good for you. Though only 30 percent of daily caloric intake should come from fats.

Trimming

Steaks at deli

While beef does contain more fat and more cholesterol, the fat is grouped in a stripe or layer and is possible to remove. If you trim the fat off of the beef, you're removing both the fat and the cholesterol. However, with the fat goes the flavor. Pork fat is found throughout most cuts of pork and is more difficult to trim off.

Lower than Both

Chicken taco

Regardless of whether you choose beef or pork, you're going to get a significant amount of fat and cholesterol. Consider instead chicken or fish as a low-fat, low-cholesterol protein alternative.

References

About the Author

Mallory Ferland has been writing professionally since her start in 2009 as an editorial assistant for Idaho-based Premier Publishing. Her writing and photography have appeared in "Idaho Cuisine" magazine, "Spokane Sizzle" and various online publications. She graduated from Gonzaga University in 2009 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and French language and now writes, photographs and teaches English in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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