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Health Benefits of Pork

Pork Nutrition Facts

If you are or have ever wondered how nutritious Pork is, then this may be a helpful post to read through. In this article I have found some key points about all the good things that you can get from eating pork. Our USDA Pork is single sourced, which means that our cuts are 100% Our Duroc Cross Pigs. We do this to maintain the richness in flavor and marbling with our cuts. This is done by making our own feed here at the farm. Not only are we mixing our own feed, but we also grow a good portion of it in our fields. Click on the link to read about the health benefits of Beef.

When it comes to eating Pork, you always want to ensure that you are preparing your protein to the optimum temperature, which is at 145 degrees (before removing from a heat source), letting your Pork rest for at least 3 minutes after removing from the heat source will also ensure that it is safe to eat. Check out our Meat Temp Blog for additional details

High-Quality Protein

Pork can be a great source of high-quality protein. An essential food for your body. It contains high concentrations of amino acids and is like a natural protein powder.

Not all proteins can contain these essential nutrients. For an example; green beans do not contain amino acids. The good thing about pork is that it contains all 9 essential amino acids that are crucial for the proper growth. If you are looking to hit the gym for more muscle, then be sure to include Pork in your diet.
Did you know? That pork can accelerate recovery from injury or surgery?

Trimmable Fat

Unlike red meat, pork contains high amounts of fat. Your body needs good calories and it can get some of it from pork fats. Not only does pork have saturated but also unsaturated fats in equal amounts. But unlike other mammals, the fatty acids in pork differs greatly. This is because there is a low amount of conjugated linoleic acid. The unsaturated fats in pork is especially great in bacon biltong (a jerky of sorts), it makes it a healthy snack to eat with minimal fat. Due to it being dried out, it is both free of saturated and unsaturated fats. But we know that there are some that cut as much fat from their diet that they can. And that’s perfectly fine! If you are looking to trim some of the fat and keep the yummy flavor try the following:

  • Choosing parts with minimal visible fats, such as pork tenderloin
  • Using low-fat cooking methods, such as grilling
  • Cooking thin cuts of pork
  • Using ingredients with minimal fat composition
  • Controlling the amount of pork you eat
  • Pork can also be cooked in a smoker.
Did you know that pork fat can be used as cooking fat? Yes, lard, which is harvested from the abdomen of a pig (Pork Fat), can be used for cooking purposes.

Improved Exercise Performance

Everybody dreams to be physically fit and healthy. Some benefits of having that physical and healthy body could be for starters, your chances of getting sick will be reduced. Additionally, your improved physique. The secret to fitness and good health is to exercise regularly, which we all know sometimes isn't the most exciting thing to do. However, you will need to balance your exercising with a healthy and nutritious diet. That’s where pork comes in! Pork has an array of nutrients that can work magic for your growing muscles and physique.

Such as: taurine, beta-alanine, and creatine. Beta-alanine is a fine form of amino acid that can be found in pork. Once digested, this nutrient helps in the production of carnosine, which is an important in muscle development.

Rich in Vitamins

Other than being high in proteins, pork is also rich in vitamins, such as B6 and B12. Vitamin B6 is crucial in creating red blood cells and regulating the crucial nervous system to maintain a proper cognitive ability. Vitamin B12, helps to improve brain function and blood formation.

High in Glycine

Pork contains a great amount of glycine. Glycine is a rare nutrient and can rarely be found in animal meat. But in pork, glycine is mainly found in the skin. Not in the mood to try skin? Try pork rinds or pork belly, glycine can also be found there as well.

Awesome Source of Selenium

Selenium is a mineral found in pork. Which is important to your body. Pork contains a significant amount of this mineral, which crucial to maintaining proper thyroid functioning.

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