The Truth about Pork and its Health Benefits

Pork is the most commonly consumed red meat all over the world, particularly in the eastern regions of Asia. Being high in protein and rich in many vitamins and minerals, lean pork is a delectable addition to a well-balanced diet. It makes for exceptional pork recipes, too.

Pork also contains varying amounts of good cholesterol, such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. It is also the leading source of Thiamine, a type of vitamin B that helps build and repair nerves and muscles. You can find all the essential amino acids necessary for the growth and maintenance of our bodies in pork, including Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Selenium, Zinc, and Phosphorus, as well as Riboflavin and Potassium. For this reason, eating lean pork meat along with other types of meat is beneficial to our bodies, especially for people who want to build up or repair their muscles like body builders, recovering athletes and post-surgical patients.

Take delight on the taste and nutritional benefits of pork meat through various pork recipes. Here’s an easy, cheap yet super healthy recipe from Porc.Wales.

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Pork, Black Bean and Orange Salad

This recipe takes an hour for marinating and another hour for cooking. It can serve 4 to 6 people.

Ingredients:

·         700g (1½lbs) Pork belly slices, rind and excess fat removed

·         30ml (2tbsp) Orange rindless marmalade

·         30ml (2tbsp) Soy sauce

·         45ml (3tbsp) Orange juice

·         60ml (4tbsp) Black bean sauce

·         2 Star anise

·         3 Chinese leaves, roughly shredded

·         ½ Little gem lettuce, roughly shredded

·         50g (2oz) Beansprouts

·         3 Spring onions, thinly sliced

·         Handful Fresh coriander leaves

·         1 Large orange, peel removed and cut into segments

Method:

1.       Preheat oven to Gas 5, 190ᵒC, 375ᵒF

2.       Mix together in a large bowl the marmalade, soy, orange juice, black bean sauce and star anise.

3.       Add the belly slices and coat in the juice. Cover and marinate in the fridge for about 1 hour.

4.       Remove the belly slices from the marinade and place in an oven pan, cover with foil and cook for about 50 – 60 minutes turning and basting occasionally.

5.       Allow belly to cool slightly and then cut into chunks.

6.       Serve on a bed of Chinese leaf, lettuce, beansprouts, spring onions, fresh coriander leaves and orange segments. Serve drizzled with the warm cooking juices.

Porc.Wales takes a great deal of pride not only in crafting scrumptious pork recipes, but also by being the new home for specialist farmers, artisan producers and master butchers of pork in Wales. Showered with experience handed down over many generations, Welsh farmers do a million of things differently. They apply their farming methods according to the season so that their pigs can get the right amount care and attention they need all throughout the year. Also, with their small-scale and specialised farms, pigs are properly reared in small herds, building a happier and safer environment for animals.

The climate and landscape in Wales offer a natural environment to produce high quality pork – perfect for all pork recipes. From free range pork to sow-stall free pork and even to the best pork for roasting, Porc.Wales got the right pork for your needs. Visit their website at http://porc.wales/en/recipes.

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