The skinny on pork: Is it safe to eat? - New York News

The skinny on pork: Is it safe to eat?

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA, Ga. -

In the South we love our BBQ.

One of the hottest sellers pit at the Pig-n-Chik restaurant in Northeast Atlanta is pork.

Fresh out of the pit - it's smoked, and pulled, chopped... and, too many diners, deliciously good.

But is it really good for you?

That may depend on what type of pork you eat, what kind of cut it is, and how it's prepared.

Lena Beal, a therapeutic dietitian at the Fuqua Heart Center at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, says, "Pork gets a bad rap because the stars of the show typically that are out there are bacon and ribs, right?" But, Beal says,

"It actually has been recently certified by the American Heart Association as an "extra lean meat."

When it comes to pork, Beal says "lean" means "loin." Tenderloin is the healthiest choice of the cuts. Beal explains, "The tenderloin is going to be the most lean. And then the (other) loin cuts, including some roasts, are going to be lean as well. And then, pork chops are also considered lean."

Pork shank, ribs, and belly are much fattier. So is bacon. And many "cured" meats like ham and bacon come packed with preservatives. Beal says limit those, and the fatty cuts. Keep your pork portion size to about 5 ounces a serving, a few times a week. The palm of your hand holds about three ounces of meat. So, use that as a guide.

If you're cooking pork at home, Beal says trim the visible fat, and sauté, broil or grill it with a marinade to juice in moisture.

Make sure you cook pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pork, she says, tends to dry out easily, so marinade is key. She says experiment with new flavors and seasoning, and try to cut back on salt.

The bottom line, a small piece of pork tenderloin – is about equal to a small piece of grilled chicken, in terms of calories, fat and protein. So pick your pork cut carefully, prepare it as "lightly" as possible and watch your portion size.

Think of your favorite BBQ pork joint – or that breakfast with bacon – as weekly treat… rather than a daily indulgence.

  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Sandy Springs woman struggles with Alzheimer's diagnosis at 55

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:48:17 GMT
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
    The Alzheimer’s Association estimates about 200,000 Americans are living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed before their 65th birthday.
  • FOX Medical Team

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    5 fat-burning foods you should try

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:19:49 GMT
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
    Tired of working out with no payoff, or counting calories and still not losing weight? Healthy chef Nancy Waldeck at the Family Wellness Center at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital pulled together five fat-burning foods you need to discover!
  • Patients urged to 'partner' with caregivers & doctor

    Patients urged to 'partner' with caregivers & doctor

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:59:23 GMT
    One woman teamed up with her doctors and got some answers to her health problems.
    One woman teamed up with her doctors and got some answers to her health problems.
  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Back to School Jamboree with Hosea Feed The Hungry

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

    Hosea Feed the Hungry will host their annual Back to School Jamboree on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Turner Field. Children will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

  • Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Man bikes 900 miles to help Georgia girl

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:40:42 GMT
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
    Ten time Ironman, Dave Nazaroff recently rode 900 miles on his bicycle...from Nyack, New York...to Georgia. He didn't do it to get in shape, or to win a competition; he did it to raise money for a 11 year old Callie Truelove in Gainesville, Georgia.
  • 2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    2014 Southern Living inspired home open for tours

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:37:06 GMT
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa,
    It's the first of its kind -- and if you're goal is to live a "perfectly Southern" lifestyle, it might be the home for you. The 2014 Southern Living Inspired Home is now open in Toccoa, GA at Currahee Club.
  • CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL HEROESMore>>

  • Hospital Heroes

    Hospital Heroes

    Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across the United States and Canada.  Click here for more on our local heroes!
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices