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Why Protein is So Important in Our Diet

If you sat down with a calculator, would you be able to identify how much daily protein you had this last week? It’s more important than you think.

The institute of Medicine suggests that about 10 to 35% of your day’s total daily calories should come from protein; and of the protein, they recommend about 20 to 30 grams per meal to help maintain muscle mass and function.

In fact, some nutritionists claim protein should be central to every meal. And meat protein should be part of that mix.

The good news, pork protein helps easily meet the 20 to 30 grams per meal to help maintain muscle mass and function.

Curious just how successfully can pork help you meet these daily requirements? Well check out the examples below

  • Pork Loin = 24 grams

  • Pork Sirloin = 24 grams

  • Pork Tenderloin = 22 grams

The Power of Pork Protein

A pork loin serving has 159 calories and 24 grams of protein. Pork sirloin servicing size have 174 calories and the same amount of protein at the pork loin. The pork tenderloin serving size has 122 calories and 22 grams of protein.

Sure, you can get protein from other sources. But the question is, how many calories do you want to consumer along with it? For example, one serving (about 3 ounces) of a pork chop has 159 calories versus the same about of protein in peanut butter that requires 6 tablespoons of peanut butter at 564 calories. Or, that same pork chop equals 1.5 cups of black beans at 342 calories.

Finally, pork is a great source for thiamin, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, niacin and vitamins B6 and B12.

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