What do Registered Dietitians Have to Say About Pork?

Hello all, I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but March is Nutrition Month! Dietitians of Canada’s 2012 Nutrition Month campaign focuses on getting the real deal on your meal– right from where it is grown, all the way to your family’s table. Ontario pork producers provide us with a great source of protein that is produced close to home. There are approximately 1,700 pork producers in Ontario, providing a high quality, nutritious protein source.

Ontario’s swine industry remains dominated by the family farm and pork producers have families just like yours, and they only feed their family and ours the best. Fresh pork is not only a nutrient- rich source of protein and twelve other key nutrients, but it also provides variety and good taste to a balanced diet.  Registered Dietitian’s recommend consumers should enjoy lean meats, like pork, more often. Canada’s Food Guide suggests two to three 75 gram (around the size of a cell phone) servings of meat and alternatives each day for adults and one to two servings for children.

Dietitians use evidence based practise to make recommendations to the public regarding their health. In other words, dietitians look at the most recent scientific research and make recommendations on this science. This way Dietitians can provide reliable nutrient information to the public, information that is not based on trends. This is what dietitians have to say about pork…

Eat Right Ontario says that “Many cuts of pork are lean (low in fat) and can be part of a healthy diet. Choose the leaner pork tenderloin, chops, steaks, roasts and cutlets. Pork is also naturally trans fat free.” They go on to say “Pork contains 13-essential nutrients that help keep your body healthy and strong. One serving (75 grams or 2.5 ounces) of pork provides you with an excellent source of protein, vitamins B6 and B12, thiamin, niacin, selenium, zinc and phosphorous. In addition, pork is also naturally low in sodium.”

Not only do dietitians recognize the nutritional benefits of eating pork they also recognize the importance of eating locally produced food when available. This is Dietitians of Canada’s stance on eating local “Depending on where you live in Canada, it can be hard to follow the 100 Mile Diet and still meet Canada’s Food Guide. That being said, dietitians do encourage Canadians to eat local foods more often to support agricultural producers and to protect the environment.”

If you are eating local foods, it is also likely that you are eating fewer processed foods. Do your health and your community a favour and eat healthy local products such as pork more often. Ontario Pork supports Dietitians of Canada’s March Nutrition Month initiative of dispelling food myths- know where your food comes from and eat local!

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