Meeting consumer’s desire for lean meat has been achieved by the pork industry through improved feeding and breeding practices. Today all fresh trimmed pork cuts, except ribs, are extra-lean, with ten common cuts of pork having 6 grams of fat or less per serving!
Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating 1-3 servings of lean meat and alternatives every day. Pork contains many of the nutrients recommended by Health Canada for the maintenance of good health, including six essential vitamins and four important minerals, protein and energy. Pork is nutrient dense, being rich in important vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Pork is a lean choice (less than 10% fat) and the fats present are predominately the preferred unsaturated fats.