For years there has been a lot of controversy over eating pork when trying to lose weight. In part this is due to the fat that many cuts of pork are high in saturated fats. According to this study that isn't true for all cuts.
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Pork tenderloin as lean as chicken
ORLANDO, Fla. (UPI) -- Pork may indeed be the other white meat, according to a U.S. study that found pork tenderloin is as lean as the leanest type of chicken -- skinless chicken.
Researchers found that pork tenderloin contains 2.98 grams of fat per 3-ounce serving, compared to 3.03 grams of fat in a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast. Therefore, pork tenderloin meets U.S. government guidelines for "extra lean" status.
The study, a collaborative effort conducted by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Maryland, compared the nutrient data for fresh pork from 1991 to 2005.
"Not only did we find that total fat and saturated fat decreased in six cuts of pork we analyzed, but some essential nutrients such as vitamin B6 and niacin actually increased," said study co-author and visiting scientist Juhi Williams, with the Beltsville, Md., Human Nutrition Research Center of the USDA.
The study was funded by the National Pork Board.
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