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Guilt Free Pork
by Lacy Gray, click here for bio
Program: Food Forethought
Date: July 12, 12
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Lean doesn’t come to mind for a lot of people when they think about serving pork, but it should. Pork can be a very lean source of protein. Misconceptions about pork have been pushed long and hard by certain food activists to the point that people have forgotten how good pork can actually be for them. Pork doesn’t only mean bacon. There are several lean cuts of pork, such as pork tenderloin, which is a lean healthy alternative to skinless chicken breasts. And contrary to popular misconception, Americans do not over consume protein. Research published late last year in the Nutrition Research Journal showed that Americans are consuming protein well within the recommended dietary guidelines of 5.5 ounces of total protein foods daily, with an average intake for adults of 3.2 ounces of total fresh pork. As a dietary choice lean cuts of pork are high in protein, low in fat and have more thiamin, niacin, B6 and B12 than many other types of meat; vitamins that play an important role in a variety of body functions, including energy production and metabolism. Bottom line, what we as individuals choose to eat is a personal choice, but there’s no reason to feel guilty about being a pork fan.
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