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September 28, 1999

What section of the pig does ham come from?

Ham is the section of a hog's hind leg that extends from the knee to the hip. It may be either "long or short cut." A long-cut ham includes all the hog's hip and a long section of the shank (part of the hog's leg above the knee).

The more common, short-cut ham includes a part of the hip and a small section of the shank.

A 4-ounce piece of boneless ham has about three-fourths of an ounce of protein and 461 calories. It contains such vitamins as thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.

Source: The World Book Encyclopedia

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