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PORK 101

WHY IS PORK CALLED THE OTHER WHITE MEAT?

PORTION CONTROL

COMPARED TO OTHER MEATS

CUTS OF PORK

WHY IS PORK CALLED THE OTHER WHITE MEAT?

Pork is a white meat not only in terms of color, but more importantly because it is a lean meat that is low in fat and calories. Over the past 20 years, the efforts of America`s pork producers have resulted in pork with 31% less fat and 14% less calories. In fact, eight cuts of pork have less fat than the skinless chicken thigh. Pork`s lean cuts fit into any meal plan - they are easy to prepare and perfect fro any occasion


DEVELOP AN EYE FOR SIZE

Practicing portion control is just as important as buying and cooking lean when it comes to thinking "low-fat." the Food Guide Pyramid recommends 5 to 7 ounces from the meat group each day, which can be eaten as two 3-ounce servings or as one larger serving. The American Heart Association recommends 6 ounces of meat per day. A 3-once serving of trimmed, cooked meat is about the size of a deck of cards.


HOW DOES PORK COMPARE TO OTHER MEATS FOR FAT, CALORIES AND CHOLESTEROL?

Pork today compares favorably for fat, calories and cholesterol with many other meats and poultry. Many cuts of pork are as lean or leaner than chicken. Any cuts from the loin - like pork chops and pork roast - are leaner than skinless chicken thigh, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Pork steaks or roasts from the leg ("fresh ham") are also lean choices. Most of the loin or leg cuts contain between 6 and 8 grams of fat per three-ounce cooked and trimmed serving. And pork tenderloin - the leanest pork choice - is as lean as skinless chicken breast, with 4 grams of fat per serving. A serving of lean pork has 34 % less cholesterol than skinless chicken, according to recent research at the University of Wisconsin. Most cuts of pork contain less than 200 calories per three-ounce cooked serving.


CUTS OF PORK:

Roast Roasts
No-fuss family dinner, holiday favorite.
Chops Chops
Dinner, backyard barbecue or gourmet entree.
Cubes Cubes
Great for kabobs, stew and chili.
Strips Strips
Super stir fry, fajitas and salads.
Cutlet Cutlets
Delicious breakfast chops and sandwiches.

 

 

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