10th August 2015 Debra

Stay Lean With Pork – How does it size up to the competition?

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All you pork lovers are in luck. According to a study published in the February journal 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 pork dieters rated themselves more positively in terms of overall mood and feelings of pleasure during dieting compare to those who ate less protein.

Banish those cravings

The women in the study followed either a high-protein diet or a normal-protein diet but the same amount of calories. The women who ate more protein, with pork as their only source of meat, felt fuller longer after meals.

Did you know…

Pork truly is The Other White Meat®! According to an analysis by the US Department of Agriculture, pork tenderloin contains the same amount of fat and slightly less calories than the same serving of skinless chicken breast. What’s more, the same analysis found there are six cuts of pork that are considered either extra lean or lean by labelling standards. Now dieters have more options than ever to make lean, healthy choices when planning meals.

Comparing your Pork

How does pork compare to other meats for fat, calories and cholesterol? Pork today compares favourably for fat, calories and cholesterol with many other meats and poultry. While providing a greater amount of vitamins and minerals, many cuts of pork are as lean or leaner than chicken.

Tenderloin, for example, is just as lean as skinless chicken breast and meets the government guidelines for “extra lean.” In total, six pork cuts meet the USDA guidelines for “lean,” with less than 10 grams fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving. Any cuts from the loin — like pork chops or roasts — are leaner than skinless chicken thigh. Steaks or roasts from the leg (“fresh ham”) are also lean choices.

Serving Sizes and Nutritional Profiles of Lean Meats

3-ounce cooked serving:CaloriesTotal Fat
Fat (g)
Skinless chicken breast*1393.10.973
Skinless chicken leg*1627.12.080
Skinless chicken thigh*1779.32.681
Pork Tenderloin*1203.01.062
Pork boneless top loin chop**1735.21.861
Pork top loin roast*1475.31.668
Pork center loin chop**1536.21.872
Pork sirloin roast*1738.02.476
Pork rib chop**1587.12.256
Beef eye of round *1414.01.559
Beef top round***1694.31.576
Beef tip round*1495.01.869
Beef top sirloin**16282.276
Beef top loin**1687.12.765
Beef tenderloin**1758.13.071
FISH (*dry heat,**moist heat)
Orange Roughy*750.80.022

*Roasted **Cooked ***Braised

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database Release 18 or the 2006 Revised USDA Nutrient Data Set for Fresh Pork.

Bored of Chicken?

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 Yorkshire Dry Cured bacon with your eggs for breakfast, adding grilled or sautéed chop strips to your salad at lunch, or roasting tenderloin for dinner.

You could also try our 9 hour Slow Cooked Pork Belly… why not eh?

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