FC: The Other White Meat | By: Raquel Filburn
1: Research has shown the benefits of eating adequate amounts of lean protein in your diet include stabilizing blood sugar, increasing satiety (the feeling of fullness after eating), and maintaining lean muscle mass even if losing body weight. | Lean cuts of pork are high in protein, low in fat and have more vitamin B.
2: To Select the leanest pork cuts, look for the word “loin” in the name, such as pork tenderloin or sirloin chop. | Women who cut calories but included more protein, including six ounces of lean pork per day, kept more muscle mass while losing weight than women who consumed the same amount of calories but less protein.
3: Pork tenderloin contains only 2.98 grams of fat per 3-ounce cooked serving, the same fat content as a comparable serving of skinless chicken breast.. | Six common cuts of pork have, on average, 16% less fat and 27% less saturated fat than 15. years ago.
4: Although pork is the number one meat consumed in the world, U.S. consumption dropped during the 1970s, largely because its high fat content caused health-conscious Americans to choose leaner meats. Today's hogs have much less fat due to improved genetics, breeding and feeding.
5: When buying pork, look for cuts with a relatively small amount of fat over the outside and with meat that is firm and a grayish pink color. For best flavor and tenderness, meat should have a small amount of marbling.
6: All pork cuts except ribs, qualify as "lean" or extra lean" and fit well into a healthy eating plan. | Consumption of Pork in moderate quantities is helpful in gaining energy. It is good for skin, eyes, nervous system, bones and mental performance. Intake of Pork also ensures better immunity to body due to presence of essential antioxidants.
7: Pork is a source of conjugated linoleic acid , which may provide protection against cancer and heart disease due to its antioxidant properties.