In Honor of Pigs and Pork

Photo courtesy of Magnum Photo Agency

I keep reminding readers that October is National Pork Month and for good reason. I love pork – it’s delicious, nutritious and is so versatile!  The Pork Checkoff provides a wealth of great pork information on their website.  Check it out — especially the kids section  🙂  Check out these facts that make learning about food safety and pork fun for kids.

  • Did you know that pork is now 16% leaner than it was 15 years ago?
  • Look for the word “loin” in the name for the leanest cuts of pork.
  • Pork is a great source of important nutrients, such as B-vitamins and protein.
  • Pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless chicken breast.
  • Pork’s mild flavor goes well with many ethnic seasonings, spice rubs and marinades.
  • It takes about eight minutes to broil, grill or sauté a pork chop.
  • Pork chops are America’s favorite cut of pork, and because they come from the pork loin, they are also a healthy choice.
  • Because pork is so lean, it is important not to overcook it.

The Checkoff also makes it easy to access information about animal well-being (that’s right up my alley), animal science (that, too), the environment, swine health and pork safety.  Skim over these sheets and you’re sure to learn a thing or two about the process of getting pork from the farm to the fork 🙂


p.s. is that picture up there not adorable?  I love it!

Until next time,