Pork and Ginger Stir-fry
A balanced diet is not focussed on single nutrients or foods – no single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to stay healthy and work properly. Our diets should contain a variety of different foods, to help us get the wide range of nutrients that our body needs.
It’s important to think about the balance of foods that make up a varied and healthy diet – A healthy dietary pattern includes:
The current UK Government advice is that people who are high consumers of red and processed meat, in other words who eat more than 90g (cooked weight) per day, cut down to 70g (this equates to approximately 500g a week), as high intakes are associated with an increased risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer.
The fat content of pork will depend on the type of cut, level of trimming, along with other factors. For example Pork loin medallions and pork fillet trimmed of visible fat, are actually low in fat (less than 3% fat) and low in saturated fat (less than 1.5% saturated fat). These cuts are quick and easy to cook and make a great alternative and affordable option to chicken. Other cuts such as pork belly and processed pork products such as sausages, streaky bacon and pork scratchings will have a higher fat content so should be eaten only occasionally
Learn about the different pork cuts
Pork is naturally rich in high quality protein containing all the essential amino acids. Protein helps muscle growth and supports the maintenance of normal bones. The protein content of lean pork is typically around 22g per 100g.
Pork is also naturally low in salt and provides nine essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to good health: thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc.
A balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are recommended for good health
Pork is versatile and easily adapts to different cuisines and tastes – so whether you’re cooking a Chinese stir-fry , a Thai curry, sizzling fajitas or a traditional Sunday roast, there is a lean pork cut which is destined for your dinner table. Pork works amazingly well with a range of different fruits, from the traditional apple, to the more exotic pineapple… it’s an easy way to boost your fruit intake to count towards your 5-a-day. For some tasty recipe inspiration visit our healthy pork recipe collection.