The benefits of pork
Learn more about pork and its many benefits to help you maintain a healthy diet.
Pork is a great source of iron that helps keep your energy levels up.
Zinc, a vitamin found in pork, helps the immune system function properly, protects against infections and promotes healing.
B vitamins (B1, B3, B6 and B12) aid metabolism and promote energy production.
The complete protein in pork can satisfy the biggest of appetites and helps maintain a healthy weight.
Pork is a source of nutrients that are difficult to find in sufficient amounts in plant-based foods.
A great source of protein
A small serving (75 g) of pork loin contains 25 g of protein, which is usually sufficient for most adults’ meals. This is because of the amino acids found in pork. These building blocks of protein are essential for good health and fulfill the following functions:
- Repair body tissue
- Help produce enzymes, hormones and muscle
- Support the immune system
- Control important chemical reactions within the body’s cells
- Contribute to the formation of blood cells
- Provide energy to the body in the form of calories
Did you know?
Some cuts such as the tenderloin or loin are considered extra-lean. For example, the protein content for 100 g of cooked pork loin is 31 g.
|Food||Reference quantity (RQ)||Protein content (per RQ)|
|Cooked pork loin||100 g||31 g|
|Cooked chicken breast||100 g||28 g|
|Cooked salmon fillet||100 g||25 g|
|2% milk||1 cup (250 ml)||8,5 g|
|Tempeh||85 g||15 g|
|Edamame beans||1/2 cup (125 ml)||12 g|
|Cooked quinoa||1/2 cup (125 ml)||4 g|
|Natural peanut butter||15 g (1 tsp.)||4 g|