Protein, Pork & Healthy Aging
Protein plays an important role in health throughout a person’s lifespan. Protein helps to maintain lean muscle mass and is a key component in bone health as well, making up the base matrix of bones for calcium and vitamin D to then form strong and flexible bones.
Protein, Heart Health and Pork
Fresh pork is naturally low in sugar and sodium. Pork also offers many cuts that are low in saturated fat. In fact, all cuts of pork except for ribs and bacon are considered to be part of a heart healthy diet by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Make a healthy choice by choosing lean cuts of pork, trimming them of visible fat, paying attention to serving size and cooking pork using a low fat method to get an appropriate amount of protein in your diet as set out by Canada’s Food Guide.
Diabetes, Protein and Pork
“Today, 11 million Canadians, including children and youth, are living with diabetes and pre-diabetes and this number is expected to grow.” (CDA, 2016) About 90 per cent of that 11 million have type 2 diabetes, a form that is largely preventable through lifestyle changes and a healthy diet. Lean cuts of pork, such as tenderloin and loin cuts, are good choices for people living with diabetes. Diabetes is a lifelong – yet manageable – disease. Medication, exercise and food choices have a significant impact on blood sugar control.
Ontario Pork FAQs
Fast facts and frequently asked questions about Ontario pork. Find information on our social responsibility, nutrition, pork production and many other of our most common questions.
Healthy Choices for Optimum Health
Today’s dietary guidelines for adults recommend 10– 35% of daily energy (calorie) intake from protein, which is about 50 to 175 grams of protein for an adult consuming 2000 calories per day. The average Canadian eats around 17% of energy from protein, suggesting most people could enjoy more protein-rich foods, like lean meat, for good health.
Food Safety at Home
Ontario pig producers are very aware of the importance of providing consumers with a safe food supply and they take that responsibility very seriously. They eat the same foods as you do. Today’s producers are highly educated and use the latest technology – products and equipment – to feed, care for, monitor and keep records on the animals under their care.