USDA’s new Food Portion Plate is a great way for busy families to eat a more balanced meal. Your family will enjoy all the many recipes available on www.pork.org/cooking
Cooking Times and TemperaturesPork today is very lean and shouldn’t be overcooked. The best test of doneness is to use an instant-read meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your pork. Use this chart as a guideline for cooking times. Click here for more information and the complete chart.
Today’s Pork Tenderloin is leaner than a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Click here to visit pork.org/cooking to find over 1,700 recipes on pork tenderloin and all the other delicious cuts of pork.
Daily Values are listed on food labels. They tell us how much of various nutrients we should consume each day. The following information is based on a 3-ounce serving of pork. As you can see, these key nutrients make pork a nutrient-dense food!
|Nutrient||% Daily Value (DV)*||Why It’s Good For You|
|Iron||5%||Getting enough iron is a problem for some women, especially women of child-bearing age. Heme iron (found in meat) is absorbed more readily than nonheme iron (found in plant-based foods). Thus, anyone who avoids meat without the help of their health professional may increase their risk of iron-deficiency anemia.|
|Magnesium||6%||Important for the normal function of many enzymes (catalysts for the body’s chemical reactors), glucose and muscle action.|
|Phosphorous||20%||Strengthens bones and generates energy in cells.|
|Potassium||11%||This mineral, also known as an electrolyte, plays a major role in water balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.|
|Zinc||14%||A component of more than 70 enzymes, zinc is a key player in energy metabolism and the immune system.|
|Thiamin||54%||Without this key vitamin, metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat would be significantly compromised. Animal protein is one of the best sources of this nutrient, and among the choices, pork is tops.|
|Riboflavin||19%||Next to milk, there are few foods that have as much riboflavin per serving as pork. Riboflavin has an important role in the release of energy from foods.|
|Niacin||37%||Important for the normal function of many enzymes in the body and involved in the metabolism of sugars and fatty acids.|
|Vitamin B12||8%||Helps build red blood cells and metabolize carbohydrates and fats.|
|Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)||37%||Important for the normal function of enzymes and co-enzymes, which are needed to metabolize protein, carbohydrates and fats. Plus, it plays a critical role in the regulation of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) metabolism.|
*Based on 2,000 calorie meal plan.