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Alright, I know we all push the benefits of lean beef cuts and cuts of chicken, but what about pork? I havent really found anything saying its good or bad...So how does it really fit in?


It's called the other white meat, due to it's relative leaness compared to most beef. The thing is it's not chock full of amino acids like beef, and not as lean as chicken or fish, so considered not to be a staple in ones diet, but there is no problem with it in my opinion, shoulder cuts are good, pork once a day, or every couple of days is fine, it's usually how it's prepared thats bad.


I agree with X. Its a good alternate meal as long as you use lean cuts and make sure it's prepared properly.


Yummy,.........pork.Dixie bones has the best pork.


Pork can be extremely lean. I read about pork tenderloin, trimmed of any visible fat, is one of the leanest cuts of meat.


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I'm with Vincent, I love fatty pork. Nothing in the world tastes as good as seasoned pork chop trimmings rendered in a cast iron pan. Having said that, Personality does go a Long Way...

Vincent: You want some bacon?

Jules: No, man, I don't eat pork.

Vincent: Are you Jewish?

Jules: No, I ain't Jewish, I just don't dig on swine, that's all.

Vincent: Why not?

Jules: Pigs are filthy animals. I don't eat filthy animals.

Vincent: But bacon tastes good, pork chops taste good...

Jules: Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy motherfuckers. Pigs sleep and root in shit, that's a filthy animal. I don't eat nothin' that ain't got sense enough to disregard its own feces.

Vincent: How about a dog? A dog eats its own feces.

Jules: I don't eat dog either.

Vincent: Yeah, but do you consider a dog to be a filthy animal?

Jules: I wouldn't go so far as to call a dog filthy, but it's definitely dirty. But, dogs got personality, personality goes a long way.

Vincent: So by that rationale, if a pig had a better personality, he would cease to be a filty animal. Is that true?

Jules: We' have to be talkin' 'bout one charmin' motherfuckin' pig. I mean he'd have to be ten times more charmin' than that Arnold on Green Acres, you know what I'm sayin'?

Dialogue spoken by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson.

Dialogue written by Quentin Tarantino.


Are those real questions? Of course pork is bad. Hell, all meat is bad, but pork is the worst. Tofu and eggplant fuel this cat!



Caution do not refer to yourself as cat when mentioning a diet of tofu and eggplant it makes you sound a little brokeback. To each his own



Love it. I don't eat it every day, but at least once per week in some form or another. Ham, Pork chops, roasts whatever.

A favorite of mine is to pick up a 2-3 pound ham, cook it up, and use it as a mid day, mid morning, whenever quick protein source. The stuff stays good forever, especially if it's been smoked, and frankly, has never given me any "issues" as far as fat\weight gain.

Pork, the other white meat, hehe.


I love it. I eat it lots. I like it roasted. I eat the fat as well, full of delicious juices.

I don't care if a pig lives in shit, I wash it before I cook it. Tastes like pork, not like shit. Not that I'd know what that tastes like.

Just be sure to cook it well, undercooked pork is an extreme no-no. A lot of religions banned it to protect people, in my opinion, because of the parasites in it. But well cooked those parasites are good for yer.


Where did you come up with this nonsense?

A protein that's not full of amino acids?


I am going to go buy some carb free bread and some of this delicious amino acid free meat tonight. If I am lucky, I might just get some hydrogen and oxygen free water and a side order of potato free french fries.


There are some very lean cuts of pork available.


Type in the food you want to look up in the top right and you'll get all the information you could ever need.

Cals, Protein (including individual aminos), Carbs, Fat (and sat, mono, poly breakdown).


Just some trivia: I was told in a religious studies class years ago that pork was banned by certain religions that originated in very hot, dry climates. Reason being that pigs, being hairless and also animals that apparently sweat, consume as assload of water, which is clearly a precious and limited resource in the desert.


Excellent point however you misunderstood me. Of course protein has amino acids, it's composed of the stuff. however what I should have said is it does'nt have as good an amino acid "profile". Beef is far better in terms of amino profiles, comapred to pork. There is definitely a difference.


The parasite is the roundworm Trichinella spiralis. Trichinosis is not common in the US anymore, mostly due to changes in the methods of feeding of pigs over the last 30 years. Trichinella is killed at 137 degrees F. Because thermometers can be inaccurate, most experts recommend cooking to 150 degrees F.

Using frozen pork is even safer. Trichinella is killed when pork is frozen at minus 5 degrees F for 25 days OR to minus 22 degrees F for 25 hours.

If you are very paranoid, use pork that has been frozen for a month or more at 5 degrees F, and cook to 170 degrees. When it's done, throw it away because it will taste like cardboard (just like mom's use to 30 years ago).

Me? I like my pork cooked only until pink (145 degrees F).


There is something spiritual about a good piece of dead pig. I love it. If Jews and Muslims don't eat it, even better - more for me.

BBQ Pork ribs - yummy


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Fire up the barbie!!!


Nothing beats roast lamb with mint sauce. Lamb may have a more favourable amino acid profile (plus more L-carnitine) than Pork or some beef.

As for Smoked Ham and hocks, some of this stuff is badly shit, full of additive like sodium nitrite. Smoking although not really done in a smokehouse anymore (its a liquid prep splashed on with sprays and brushes)contains some NASTY shit.