Pork is the red meat gotten from domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus). Despite the several religious and cultural inhibitions surrounding it, it is the most consumed meat in the world.
Pork is a rich source of various nutrients including Vitamin such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, panthotenic acid, Vitamin B6, trace amounts of vitamins A and E, Minerals such as Zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium, selenium, Fats, and proteins and amino acids.
Pork is hence a healthy choice of meat. X-raying the numerous health benefits of pork below, we have the following conclusions:
v Pork is naturally low in sodium and is an excellent source of potassium. These two properties in combination makes pork an excellent choice in the regulation of blood pressure. Hence, pork is “Heart healthy”.
v The zinc in pork is essential for building up immunity in the body system.
v Pork contains a good proportion of healthy proteins necessary for the building up of muscle mass as well as maintenance of tissues.
v Pork supports formation of red blood cells and prevention of anemia due to its iron content.
v The vitamin B1 in pork is in high quantity. Vitamin B1 is essential in the repair of muscle mass as well as nerve tissues. It is also useful in carbohydrate metabolism.,
v Riboflavin in pork helps in the maintenance of the skin and hair. It is also needful in the repair of damaged tissues and extraction of energy from food.
Vitamin B6 helps in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins as well as aids proper functioning of the nervous system. This vitamin is a principal component of pork