Lean Pork

Often time’s pork gets a bad rap for being a fatty food due to the popularity of bacon and ribs. What many people don’t realize that pork offers lots of delicious and lean cuts of pork that contain less than 6 grams of fat. In fact, a 100g serving of pork tenderloin has less fat than the same serving of a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Now how’s that for something to chew on?

Following a healthy and well-balanced diet is one of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain overall health. Luckily, many cuts of pork are lean and can be part of your healthy diet, even if you are trying to eat “heart smart”, manage diabetes, lose weight or just generally eat well.

Research has shown the benefits of eating adequate amounts of lean protein in your diet include the following:  stabilizing blood sugar, increasing satiety (the feeling of fullness after eating), and maintaining lean muscle mass even if losing body weight. The fat in pork is trans-fat free and mostly mono-and poly-unsaturated, so trimmed pork is suitable for even cholesterol-lowering or “heart-healthy” diets.

Lean pork, when trimmed of visible fat, is nutrient-dense, satisfying, and good for you.

The leanest* cuts of pork are…

  • · Pork tenderloin
  • · Pork chops and pork steaks
  • · Pork roasts
  • · Pork leg (or ham)
  • · Pork cutlets/Pork Scaloppini

*Per 100 gram (cooked) serving, trimmed. Source: Canadian Nutrient File, 2007b

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