Table of contents:
- How to eat pork
- How to choose the best pork
- How to prepare meat in a he althy way
- Nutritional table of pork cuts
- Can pregnant women eat pork?
Eating pork is not bad for your he alth, as long as it is well cooked, as proper cooking prevents the transmission of cysticercosis, a disease that is easily transmitted by pork and that can affect the nervous system, causing seizures and mental problems.
In addition, this type of meat is rich in good (unsaturated) fats, which are good for the heart, and contains less cholesterol than beef, being a good option, when consumed in moderation, to maintain a balanced diet.
It is important to be careful when cutting the meat, as pieces such as bacon and ribs are rich in fat and, therefore, are not recommended in a slimming or weight maintenance diet.
How to eat pork
Although pork meat is not harmful to he alth, it should not be consumed in excess, especially if they are the fattest parts of the animal.
So, like all red meat, the ideal thing is that this meat is consumed only 2 to 3 times a week, because over time, if consumed in excess, it can increase the risk of heart problems. See 5 other reasons to eat less red meat.
How to choose the best pork
It is important to choose pork of known origin, preferably industrialized, in which the animals are under controlled he alth to avoid the transmission of diseases.
Furthermore, you should prefer cuts with less fat, such as steak and loin, and avoid the very fatty parts of the pork, such as bacon, bacon, ham and ribs.
How to prepare meat in a he althy way
To prepare pork, you should prefer lean cuts and remove all visible fat before preparation, as cooking makes the fat penetrate the meat, increasing calories.
It is also important to prefer cooked or roasted preparations, avoiding fried foods and the use of fatty sauces, such as white sauce and barbecue. In addition, it is not necessary to wash the meat before preparation, as the water does not eliminate contamination by diseases, only causing important nutrients from the food to be lost.
Grilled sirloin recipe with yogurt and herbs
Although choosing a meat with less fat, such as sirloin, may seem to have less flavor, they can be prepared following recipes like this one, which help to enhance the flavor without harming your he alth.
This recipe serves up to 4 people:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
- 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce;
- ½ tablespoon ground cumin;
- Lemon juice;
- 1 crushed garlic clove;
- Pinch of pepper;
- 500 grams of pork loin, trimmed and without fat;
- S alt and pepper;
- Sesame seeds;
- Fresh parsley;
- 1 teaspoon of honey;
- 2 tablespoons of mint and chives;
- 85 grams of plain yogurt
How to prepare
Mix the oil with the tomato sauce, cumin, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, garlic, pepper, s alt and pepper in a bowl. Place the pork loin cut into pieces in the mixture and mix well. Cover the bowl and let the meat rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
To prepare the sauce, mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with the honey and yogurt. Finally, add the mint and chives and season with s alt and pepper.
To cook the meat, remove it from the fridge 15 minutes beforehand and then grill it with a little oil, turning it aside every 10 to 12 minutes. Place the grilled meat on a plate and let it cool completely. Then pour the sauce over the meat and serve.
Nutritional table of pork cuts
Nutritional information for 100 grams of each cut of pork is:
|Type of pork cut||Calories||Proteins||Lipids|
|Beefsteak||260||20 g||20 g|
|Chuleta||337||16, 6 g||30, 1 g|
|Palette||399||28, 1 g||31, 8 g|
|Paws||299||15, 8 g||26, 3 g|
|Leg||340||15, 2 g||31 g|
Can pregnant women eat pork?
Pregnant women can consume pork normally, just being extra careful with the origin of the meat, to avoid the consumption of animals contaminated with cysticercosis.
Another important precaution is to always consume meats that are well cooked or well roasted, as proper cooking eliminates cysticercosis, in addition to washing vegetables that are to be eaten raw with great care, as they can also be contaminated.Here's how to prevent cysticercosis.
Know the myths and truths about red and white meats to make the best choice for your he alth.