Things in the world of pork have changed considerably in the past twenty years, and as often happens, the changes have gone pretty much unnoticed. I did a little research on the subject and to be honest, I was a bit surprised by what I learned. As you have noticed when shopping our store, we made the decision years ago to select one producer to source all of our fresh pork. We wanted a packer that would consistently meet the highest standards of freshness and quality, so we chose the Prairie Fresh® All-Natural brand.
We have been very pleased with the consistent quality that they provide, and based on sales and the compliments we receive regularly, our customers feel the same. Well, let me share some interesting information I pulled from the American Pork Producers website.
Through changes in feeding and breeding techniques, pork producers have responded to consumer demand for leaner pork. Today’s pork has 16% less fat and 27% less saturated fat as compared to 1991. Many cuts of pork are now as lean as skinless chicken. Roast Pork tenderloin meets the USDA protein guidelines for “extra lean” (less than 5 g fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 95 mg cholesterol). The following five cuts of pork meet the protein guidelines for “lean” (less than 10 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat and 95 mg cholesterol); broiled boneless top loin chop, roasted top loin roast, broiled center loin chops, pork sirloin roast, and broiled rib chops.
I’ve told you about what pork doesn’t have (bad fats), but on the flip side it does have some very essential body building nutrients needed for good health. Pork is an “excellent” source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus and protein, and a “good” source of zinc. It’s also naturally low in sodium and a “good” source of potassium – two nutrients that, when coupled, can help regulate blood pressure.
Now, here is something that really surprised me: Pork can help you lose weight. According to a study published in the February journal on Obesity, Purdue University researchers found that including protein from lean pork in your diet can help you lose weight while maintaining more lean tissue, including muscle. The study was done on female dieters. The dieters who tested with pork as their sole source of lean protein rated themselves more positively in terms of overall mood and feelings of pleasure during dieting compared to those who ate less protein. The women in the study followed either a high-protein diet or a normal-protein diet, but with the same number of calories. The women who ate more protein, with pork as their only source of meat, felt fuller longer after meals. The high-protein diet included 6 ounces, or two servings, of pork every day. It’s easy to reach this goal by including lean cuts of pork like Canadian bacon with your eggs for breakfast, adding grilled or sautéed pork chop strips to your salad at lunch, or roasting pork tenderloin for dinner.
I hope that I‘ve piqued your interest in pork; if so, timing is great because for the next two weeks we’re having an all-out pork sale at Prisco’s. So come on in, load up on savings, and I’ll see you in the meat aisle.