Is Pork Red Meat or White Meat?
Is pork red meat or white meat? According to Swine Illinois Livestock Trail’s research, 87% of the population thinks that PORK is White Meat and they are wrong, PORK is Red Meat. At least everyone if not all has eaten meat. Meat is among foods that most Kenyans and Africans at large eat at least once a week. Whether red or white, we know that meat is a ‘special’ meal that quite a big number of the population likes. However, most of us ask ourselves which between red and white meat is the best to consume and are there side effects related to consumption of these two different types of meat? Let us have this discussion today.
You will agree with me that the most readily available and to some extend quite affordable is red meat. Butcheries are mostly stocked with red meat. White meat is found in what we can call ‘the chosen few butcheries. There will be an argument in your thoughts that there are quite a number of butcheries stocked with pork? Yes, pork is red meat. Pork has too much amount of myoglobin to be classified as white meat. Therefore beef, mutton and pork are all red meat. White meat includes fish, poultry and rabbit.
Red meat is beneficial to health because it is a protein that is a basic essential to our body system to facilitate growth and repair. Besides this, red meat also contains vitamin B-12 and Iron which are needed for production of new red blood cells. However, in case you are a fat conscious person you will not consider red meat because it has a high-fat content.
White meat also has a significant protein content which is beneficial to our health. Has quite high levels of B vitamins, iron and zinc which are important nutrients to our health. Here is some good news to the fat conscious people because white meat has a low-fat content.
Have you ever thought of quitting to take meat and start consuming plant-based proteins? I know you have heard a lot of hearsay that consuming too much meat has a lot of negative effects. Well, eating too much red meat could lead to higher risk of heart diseases because of excess fat and may also cause diabetes type 2.This does not mean that white mean is the best option for you. Actually, in the recent study from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute it is confirmed that consuming both red and white meat will raise blood cholesterol levels compared to consuming plant base proteins. Increased levels of blood cholesterol may lead to heart disease risk.
Therefore, it is advisable to be cautious on the amount of meat you consume, whether red or white.