Adobo, Sinigang, Menudo and Afritada are just some favorite pork-based family meal staples. Monterey Pork, aside from being a savory versatile main ingredient, also brings with it good nutritional benefits. You can choose from an array of lean cuts available for the healthiest pork options [1]. A 3 oz (85g) serving of pork tenderloin has comparable nutritional value toa skinless chicken breast. Hence, despite controversies on pork, we still say “fork the pork” in moderation and continue to enjoy its delicious goodness.After all, it’s always quality meat from Monterey. Monterey Pork is your complete source of protein, B complex vitamins especially B1, phosphorus, selenium, iron, zinc and potassium. See how these naturally abundant nutrients in Monterey Pork benefit you.

Protein is crucial for growth and development since all cells are built and repaired by protein. It is also used by the body to provide energy, synthesize hormones that increase resistance to infection and disease, and regulate various body processes such as metabolism. Monterey Pork is an excellent source of complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids to build new proteins in the body.

Phosphorus is the main structural components of bone and teeth and plays a role in many metabolic processes. 

Selenium is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage due to exposure to oxygen and is needed for thyroid hormone metabolism.

B-complex vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 generally help convert food into energy, plays a role in nerve transmission, and are essential for healthy skin, hair, muscles, blood and/or brain that affects appetite, mood and sleep.

Iron is vital for hemoglobin production in red blood cells (RBC) to maintain healthy blood. It helps carry oxygen to the different cells and helps in energy production to prevent fatigue.

Zinc develops and maintains the immune system and thereby helps accelerate wound healing. It enhances & protects the bones, promotes normal sense of taste. It also plays a role in the formation of hormones (such as insulin) and is an active component of enzymes.

Potassium maintains fluid and electrolyte balance, acts as a muscle relaxant and is important in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.

To maximize the health benefits of consuming Monterey Pork, choose the leanest cuts and consume in appropriate food portions. A meat serving is about the size of the palm of your hand or the size of a deck of cards.Trim visible fat and use dry heat cooking methods like by broiling, grilling and roasting to reduce total fat intake. And lastly, cook pork well to its safe internal temperature of 145oF (63oC).

[1] for healthiest pork options, opt for tenderloin or loin chop cuts: pork tenderloin, boneless top loin chop, top loin roast, center loin chop, sirloin roast, pork rib chop