10 February 2020
Pork & healthy eating
Is pork healthy?
Well, contrary to some beliefs, you can choose lean pork cuts.
Some cuts, such as fillet and loin medallions 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 are just as healthy as chicken breasts**
Not only can pork be lean, but it’s naturally rich in protein, low in sodium and provides nine vitamins and minerals*** that contribute towards good health and well-being - click here for the science.
Is pork a healthy option?
Yes! Pork is rich in protein, which due to its leanness, mild flavour and ease of cooking, pork is an ideal staple for feeding the whole family.
It’s versatile and easily adapts to different cuisines and tastes – so whether you’re cooking a Thai stir fry or a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings, there is a pork cut which is destined for your dinner table.
Pork also works amazingly well with a range of different fruits, again from the traditional apple, to the more exotic pineapple… it’s an easy way to boost your fruit intake towards 5-a-day. Learn about the different cuts here.
* For pork loin medallions and fillet medallions trimmed of visible fat. Advice provided by AHDB, in consultation with Trading Standards
** Both pork and chicken are naturally rich in protein. Protein helps muscle growth. This relates to pork loin medallions and fillet medallions trimmed of visible fat and to skinless chicken breasts.
*** Thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium and pantothenic acid