When it comes to keeping your heart healthy, there are a number of factors involved, but one of the most important is diet. One of the keys to heart-healthy eating is avoiding saturated fats and trans fat.
Beef, like other animal-based proteins, has naturally occurring saturated fat. When you’re cooking with pork, it’s important to choose lean cuts like tenderloin — with just one gram of saturated fat per three-ounce serving, pork tenderloin is as lean as chicken breast . If you’re unsure, look for pork that has less than two grams of saturated fat per serving; this is considered extra-lean pork and is the best choice where heart health is concerned.
To make your pork dish even better for your heart, cook it in heart-healthy cooking oil like olive, canola, peanut, sesame, or vegetable.
If you’re looking for a few delicious heart-healthy pork recipes to get you started, we’ve got three we think you’ll like.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.