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I love pork. Breaded pork tenderloins. Pork roast. Pork chops. Ham. Pork tenderloin. Ribs. Bacon. Bacon. Did I mention bacon?!
And sometimes I talk to a friend and mention my love of pork and they give me a funny look – like they just smelled something funky. And I respond with shock and dismay. But then when I probe deeper – it’s not the pork’s fault! There are these silly myths out there about pork – and thankfully – I’ve met with farmers from right here in Ohio and now I can BUST those myths up!
Myth #1: You must cook pork all the way through so there is no pink.
Is it ok to eat pork when it’s pink?
Myth #3: All pork is high in fat and should be avoided.
Is pork bad for you?
Actually, there are 7 cuts of pork that contain less fat than skinless chicken breast. (Say what?!) Cuts of pork that are the most healthy include pork chops, pork loin roasts, Canadian bacon and pork tenderloin. Of course, that is before cooking with added fat or other ingredients that would change the profile.
TIP: Compare for yourself! Here’s a great chart with all the nutrition stats – eye opening!
TIP: With pork chops – leave fat on them when you cook. The fat helps seal in the flavor and then you can trim it off before you serve it.
Where does pork come from?
Fact: More than 3500 family farms in Ohio raise enough pork to feed about 25 million people. (Uncle Squeals is one of my favorites!) So when you buy pork at the grocery store or the farmers market, you are supporting Ohio farm families that product that pork.
Myth #6: Pork has antibiotics and hormones. I don’t want that in my food!
Does pork have antibiotics? Does pork have growth hormones?
Second: Hormones are not permitted for use in growing pigs. Therefore, the claim “no hormones added” cannot be used on the labels of pork or poultry unless it is followed by the statement “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.”
Third: I’ve visited numerous farms across the state and talked with farmers. They explained to me why they raise their pigs in barns. It’s actually healthier for the pigs. There are computers in the barns that monitor the temperature, the air quality and more. They have misters in the summer and heaters in the winter. They all work together to keep the pigs comfortable and growing well on their own.
Side note: Pigs that are outside in the winter have to eat more to maintain their body temp – but pigs in the barns can use all that energy to grow. These are efficiencies that modern agriculture has helped create!