Pork

Pork… Also a Powerhouse of Nutrition

Canadian pork contains many essential nutrients to feed and nourish our bodies:

  • Thiamin (Vitamin B1): builds and repairs nerves & muscles

  • Riboflavin: maintains healthy skin and eyes; releases energy form proteins

  • Niacin (Vitamin B3): maintains digestive tract; protects the nervous system

  • Vitamin B6: helps transport amino acids

  • Vitamin B12: maintains red blood cells; supports cell function & metabolism

  • Pantothenic Acid: releases energy from food

  • Zinc: enhances and protects bones; develops & maintains immune system

  • Iron: builds hemoglobin in red blood cells; prevents nutritional anemia

  • Protein: builds and repairs body tissues; forms antibodies to fight off infection

  • Fat: supplies energy; promotes normal growth; supplies essential fatty acids

 

Food Fact 1:

Research shows that Canadian pork is leaner than ever… which means pork can play a central role in a health diet. In fact, a pork tenderloin, with only 3.1 grams of fat per 85 gram serving, is as lean as skinless, boneless chicken breast.

 

Food Fact 2:

Many cuts of pork are lean and can easily fit into your healthy diet. Pork will allow you to enjoy meat while fulfilling ‘heart smart’ habits, managing diabetes, achieving weight loss goals or simply eating well.

 

Food Fact 3:

Research shows the benefits of including adequate portions of lean protein into your diet helps to stabilize 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 most mono- and poly-unsaturated. Therefore, trimmed pork is suitable for even cholesterol-lowering or ‘heart-healthy’ diets.

Pork Cuts:

Pork Cuts

Sources:

 Canada Pork

http://www.canadapork.com/en

Washington Post "Try Out Game Meat"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/09/AR2010110903301.html

Canada Food Guide
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/index-eng.php