To make it easier to identify and prepare fresh pork from the meat case, 14 cuts of pork are getting more consumer-friendly names. The industry is hoping that the name changes make shopping at the meat case less confusing. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that pork can be safely cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a three-minute rest time, resulting in juicy and tender pork that’s more delicious than ever. Ground pork, like all ground meat, should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today’s pork is raised leaner than ever before; in fact some of the most common cuts of pork have 27% less saturated fat (the unhealthy kind) than 15 years ago. In addition, pork offers filling protein and essential vitamins and minerals. The high quality
of protein in pork may help you feel full longer. According to a recent study, eating more protein at breakfast and lunch may help decrease total calorie consumption over the day, which may lead to better weight control.
Be Inspired with some lean pork today!