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Dongsuh Food blasts coffee-pork fat stories

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Dongsuh Food, the nation’s largest instant coffee company, has rebutted media reports on a study by Seoul National University comparing the fat content of Korean instant coffee mixes to that of pork.

The study said 10 of 11 instant coffee products tested are at least 10 percent fat. Local media outlets on Thursday reported that pork neck contains an average of 9.5 percent.

Fat concentration in 14 coffee creamers available in Korea range from 15.4 percent to 28.5 percent while pork belly is 28.4 percent fat, media reports said citing the study results.

“The original study did not have any mention of pork and its fat, but the comparison came up in a variety of news reports indicating completely false analysis, such as drinking a pack of instant coffee mix in water is as fatty as eating a serving of pork,” said a member of Dongsuh Food’s communications team.

The company said in a statement that there is 1.6 grams of fat in one pack of instant coffee mix, while a serving of pork belly (200 grams) contains 56.8 grams of fat, according to data from the Korea Food and Drug Administration.

It added that 1.6 grams of fat is 3.2 percent of the recommended daily serving of 50 grams.

“It is more reasonable to compare the amount of fat in one serving of food than simply the percentage of fat of the total nutrition,” said the Dongsuh official.

Meanwhile, nine out of 14 coffee creamers and three out of 11 instant coffee mix products did not specify their fat content on their packaging, said the study from Seoul National University.



By Lee Sun-min [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]

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