Pork & Healthy Eating
Lean red meats, including pork as well as beef and lamb, can play an important part in a healthy balanced diet. They have a high nutrient density, which means they contain a wide variety of nutrients in a relatively small quantity.
Pork is a major source of protein and contains essential amino acids. Protein is essential for growth and repair of the body and maintenance of good health.
It is also much lower in fat than you might think and can play a key part in a balanced diet. Did you know that fully trimmed lean cuts of pork such as steak can contain as little as 4% fat? Definitely making it a healthy option.
Pork can be relied upon as a source of nutrients and a rich source of B vitamins, including B3, B6 and B12 which are not found naturally in foods of plant origin. These nutrients keep the nervous system healthy and linked to vitality and general good health.
- Iron, helping the production of red blood cells;
- Protein, vital for growth and repair
- Zinc, keeping our immune system healthy;
- Thiamin or Vitamin B1, which is needed for the continuous release of energy from carbohydrate and for keeping the nervous system healthy. Thiamin is not stored in the body as it is a water-soluble vitamin so it needs regular replenishing;
- Riboflavin or Vitamin B2, required for growth and healthy skin, eyes and the nervous system. It also helps the body release energy from the food we eat.
- Niacin or Vitamin B3, which helps us utilise food energy – associated with vitality and energy levels – as well as helping keep the nervous system and skin healthy.
- Vitamin B6, playing an important part in the formation of haemoglobin in blood which carries oxygen around the body. It also allows the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in our food.
- Vitamin B12, helping to make red blood cells, maintaining a healthy nervous system and releasing energy from the food we eat.
- Selenium, which has antioxidant properties, supports our immune system and helps prevent damage to cells and tissue.