While pork provides many important nutrients that contribute to a well-balanced diet, Willowgrove Hill takes those attributes to a whole new level by being at the forefront of the "functional food" movement: we're the first and only pork producers in North America to offer a product that's enriched nutritionally with DHA/EPA Omega-3 fatty acids....for your health!
Willowgrove Hill pigs are fed Omega-3 derived from human-grade fish oil, versus other products that contain ALA Omega-3 from flaxseed oil. The key difference is that flaxseed oil contains only alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is the parent compound from which other Omega-3 fatty acids are derived. This leaves it to the body to do the conversion to the other, more beneficial forms it needs, i.e., eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The issue is that the conversion is not always efficient, and the body often uses the ALA for extra energy, leaving less for conversion to the other types, and resulting in less absorption of the Omega-3 that the body really needs. Fish oil, on the other hand, contains DHA and EPA and delivers nutrients directly to the body without the need for conversion. The human body does not produce these types of Omegas ‒ they must come directly from the diet. DHA supports the normal development of the brain, eyes and nerves. EPA is for the management of cardiovascular disease and promotes heart health.
Furthermore, Willowgrove Hill DHA/EPA Omega-3 pork is an excellent source of organic Selenium, a source of DHA/EPA
Omega-3 fatty acids, and is home raised without antibiotics or growth promotants.
Based on the total recommended daily intake of DHA/EPA Omega-3 and Selenium, the following chart illustrates how our products measure up per 100-gram serving:
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* Suggested total Omega-3 intake for adults is 1,500 mg/day. DHA + EPA should be approx. 10% of total daily Omega-3 intake (i.e., 150 mg/day). Values are estimated.
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|Toppings||Wt (g)||Sodium Levels (mg)|
|Conventional (Generic) Sausage||100 g||636 mg|
|Pillars Sausage||100 g||880 mg|
|President’s Choice Smoked Sausage||100 g||830 mg|
|Wegmans Fresh Pork Sausage||100 g||420 mg|
|WGH Sausage||100 g||440 mg|
|Conventional (Generic) Ham||100 g||1200 mg|
|Cooks Premium Ham||100 g||1088 mg|
|Schneider’s Ham||100 g||1016 mg|
|Pillars Ham||100 g||1160 mg|
|President’s Choice Glazed Ham||100 g||1210 mg|
|President’s Choice Vermont Ham||100 g||1210 mg|
|Wegmans Smoked Ham||100 g||875 mg|
|WGH Ham||100 g||950 mg|
|Conventional (Generic) Pepperoni||100 g||1653 mg|
|Schneider’s Pepperettes||100 g||1200 mg|
|Wegmans Sliced Pepperoni||100 g||1833 mg|
|WGH Pepperoni||100 g||770 mg|
|Conventional (Generic) Bacon||100 g||833 mg|
|Maple Leaf Foods Bacon||100 g||825 mg|
|President’s Choice Bacon||100 g||813 mg|
|Wegmans Regular Sliced Bacon||100 g||317 mg|
|WGH Bacon||100 g||910 mg|
|Conventional Pork Chop (bone-in)||100 g||57 mg|
|WGH Pork Chop (bone-in)||100 g||51 mg|
Selenium: an antioxidant, considered an essential trace element in the human diet, with an established recommended dietary allowance by Health Canada.
Selenium: a dietary antioxidant involved in the formation of a protein that defends against oxidative stress.
DHA/EPA Omega-3 Fatty Acids: since lack of these fatty acids leads to deficiency symptoms and they can only be obtained from the diet, they are essential dietary nutrients.
DHA/EPA Omega-3: supports normal physical development of the brain, eyes and nerves.
Willowgrove Hill has eliminated the need for antibiotics in their product. Reducing the use of antibiotics helps to diminish the growing threat of antibiotic resistance in humans. It is also better for the environment, as it stops antibiotics from entering surface and ground water.
We encourage you to learn more about the health benefits of DHA/EPA Omega-3 and organic Selenium from the experts: your family doctor, Health Canada or the Canadian Medical Association.