We partnered With PorkBeInspired to share the benefits of this Pork as a lean meat, great for meals.
Cooking for a large family requires a lot of creativity. From breakfast, school lunches, lunch on non-school days, snacks, dinner, and that’s just the kids; we make a lot of food and try to find good ways to change it up. Not only is it important just to keep the family happy, it is also important that we keep introducing them to new foods, flavors, textures, and every other sense ignited by food.
I am happy with my kids. For the most part they will eat a variety of foods. From meats, to fruits, veggies, and everything in between, they are not stuck in only a handful of foods. And lucky for us, they will eat most different meats, sea and land, for easy protein. For mom and dad, we do have to watch what we eat as we want to extend our health for the best and as long as it can last.
Making sure to eat healthy is one of the most important factors when it comes to buying food. Don’t get me wrong, we love very tasty and savory foods, but we do like to watch our intake of fats for instance.
Eat lean meats like Pork is great. It’s another meat, many cuts are as lean as skinless chicken, and pork can be used in many ways. The USDA, after analyzation, have found Pork to contain no artery-clogging trans-fatty acids. To get the leanest cuts, look for cuts labeled “loin” or “round.” This would include pork tenderloin and the loin chop. Check for visible fat to find the leanest. Also watch those portions. A 3-ounce serving of trimmed, cooked meat will be about the size of a stack of playing cards.
Pork is very easy to cook:
- Grilling, broiling, stir-frying and pan-broiling will lock in flavor and keep fat on the lower end.
- Want to remove even more fat? Broil, grill or roast on a rack for juicy low-fat meat.
- If you want to cook thinner cuts, do it quickly. Pan-broiling or “dry sauté” using a non-stick skillet, just a small amount of juice or broth. (Make a low-fat sauce or glaze by adding stock, wine or a fruit juice to hot crusted skillet after you remove the meat; heat a while stirring.)
For those with pre-hypertension, many physicians advise lifestyle changes to reduce blood pressure numbers. While prescription drugs may be necessary, studies show diet and exercise to help also. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) eating plan now includes nutrient-rich pork as the main source of protein in diets to alleviate higher blood pressure levels can now include nutrient-rich lean pork as the predominant source of protein in their diets, according to new Purdue University researchi.
If you haven’t included or considered Pork as a protein for meals, find out more. Pork is such a versatile meat, grilling, to tender chops, Pork is delicious. Along with protein, a 3-ounce serving of pork provides and “excellent” source of thiamin, selenium, protein, niacin, vitamin B6 and phosphorus, and a “good” source of riboflavin, zinc and potassium.ii And with pork being 16 percent to 27 percent lower in saturated fat compared to 20 years ago, feed yourself and save your health.iii Looking to reduce sodium, pork is naturally low and a “good” source of potassium, both can help to regulate blood pressure.iv
iSayer RD, Chen N, Wright AJ, Campbell WW. The effects of pork vs. chicken/fish in a DASH diet on blood pressure control. Experimental Biology; April 2014. iiNational Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Based on 3-ounce cooked servings (roasted), separable lean only. iiiNational Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. Based on 3-ounce cooked servings (roasted or broiled), visible fat trimmed after cooking. iv Buyck JF, Blacher J, Kesse-Guyot E, Castetbon K, Galan P, Safar M, Hercberg S, Czernichow S. Differential associations of dietary sodium and potassium intake with blood pressure: a focus on pulse pressure. Journal of Hypertension. 2009;27:1158-1164.