You may know it as "the other white meat" or everyone's favorite holiday protein, we're talking about pork!

From southern barbecue to bacon: Pork is everywhere!

Lean cuts of pork can be a very healthy addition to your meal plan. It's a rich source of protein, zinc, and vitamin B12.

But, proper pork preparation is the key!

Overcooked pork may contain carcinogenic substances: avoid pieces of pork that appear overly blackened or charred.

On the flipside, undercooked pork can harbor parasites: The USDA recommends your pork have an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees with a 3 minutes rest time.

Signs of a potential sensitivity:

  • Bloating

  • Cramps and diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Mild fever

  • Hives

  • Sneeze or running nose

Endless options:

Pork can be as simple or as fancy as you want!

If you are in a rush you can pop a pork chop in your air fryer for less than 10 minutes.

If you want to dress it up, try baking a pork tenderloin with some rosemary and a few cloves of garlic! This is the leanest cut of pork and is great for meal prep leftovers.

Your leftovers can be served with a salad or tossed in steamed veggies and liquid aminos for a quick stir fry!

It's best to avoid sliced deli ham because of high sodium and preservatives.

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