Protein is a building block for the body. It strengthens the immune system and helps maintain the blood. The protein in meat (pork) is considered a “complete” protein — meaning it contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Because of this, pork can be included on a heart-healthy menu with eight outstanding cuts that USDA considers lean or extra lean.
Pork Nutrition Facts
Pork is an excellent source of zinc, vitamins B12 and B5, thiamine, and iron.
The amount of cholesterol in lean pork cuts is no more than that of chicken or turkey. A 3-ounce serving of cooked, lean pork has 78 mg of cholesterol compared with 76 mg in cooked, skinless chicken.
The average fat and cholesterol content of trimmed, lean pork is 31% lower today than 20 years ago.
Less than 50% of pork, beef, and veal fat is saturated.
Each 3oz serving of pork is packed with 26g of protein.
Growth hormones are NOT used in pork production.