Is Pork For Breakfast Healthy?
Pork is the second most commonly served breakfast meat. However, the world is divided into those who look believe eating this meat is a grave blasphemy and those who consider it as a culinary delight filled with high quality protein. So, what is right, should one enjoy this meat first thing in the morning or like many others abhor it? Without falling prey to religious sentiments, this article looks at the nutritional merits and demerits of pork to analyze if it is a good breakfast meat.
Pork is one of the most common breakfast proteins in this part of the world. It is usually served as ground meat, steak, or jerky. Since, the nutritional composition of each of these products varies; their approximate proximate principals per serving of the pork have been detailed out individually here…
Pork typically has no or very small amounts of carbohydrates. Apart from the principal nutrients, all pork products provide 15% iron and 5% calcium.
Many think of Pork a dirty meat filled with unhealthy fat, parasites, and pathogens. However, like all foods, this meat is not without merits. It is one of the most ancient foods of humankind for a reason and here are some of the much-overlooked benefits of Pork…
Rich source of high biological value protein
Like other animal proteins, pork provides high biological protein, complete with all essential amino acids, present in their most readily absorbable forms. Being a good source of both fat and protein, pork is recommended for people suffering from protein energy malnutrition (PEM) a fatal condition commonly found in 3rd world countries and in people suffering from wasting diseases like tuberculosis, AIDS, and Malignant cancers.
Trove of nutrients
Pork is not just proteins and fat, it is a rich source of several vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6 and B12, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. The iron present in pork is in its most efficiently absorbable form and is recommended as a low cost remedy for people suffering from various dietary forms of anemia (pernicious and megaloblastic).
Rich source of antioxidant nutrients
Veggies and fruits are not the only sources of antioxidants. Meats like pork are a good source of selenium and vitamin B6 and B12. These nutrients are involved in the constant fight against free radical damage and help in cancer prevention, and accumulation of toxic compounds like Homocysteine in the body.
Tips to choose the right cut of pork for breakfast
As evident in the nutritional composition of different breakfast pork cuts and the benefits of this meat, the type of cut that you choose plays an important role in the healthiness of the meat. While high fat cuts like bacon and ham can contribute to unhealthy saturated fats, leaner cuts like pork chops are lower in fat and cholesterol and provide more nutrients.
Side effects of eating Pork for breakfast:
However lean pork might be, the unhealthy effects of pf this meat can at times be quite overwhelming. Here is a short list of reasons why it might not be a good idea to start your day with pork…
- High consumption of pork can lead to “protein overdose,” which can result in kidney failure, aberrations in liver function, and demineralization of bones due to high sulfur intake.
- Pigs are scavengers by nature and pork normally harbors several bacteria and parasites. In the morning rush there are higher chances of meat not being properly cooked, increases the chances of several parasitic infections like trichinosis, taeniasis, and cysticercosis
- One cannot possibly ignore the high saturated fat content of pork. A high fat breakfast is known to cause more damage to blood vessels than later in the day.
- Pork is not a balanced food. A healthy breakfast food must include proper proportions of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. However, pork grossly fails to on this account by providing way too much of fat and proteins but no carbohydrates.
Thus, in spite of all the benefits of pork consumption, it surely does not qualify as a healthy meat. However, like all foods, one need not totally restrict this meat from their diet. Regular consumption of breakfast pork is not a healthy habit; however, one can surely consume it on occasional basis, preferably not more than once or twice a week.
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