The Illinois Pork Producers Association  has joined the fight against diabetes with nutritional pork recipes and information about the important role lean protein plays in a healthy diet as an on-site sponsor of the American Diabetes Association "Step Out Walk to Help Fight Diabetes” events during October.

“Nutritionists tell us that a healthy, well-balanced diet that includes lean protein is recommended for improving blood glucose levels as well as managing weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure,” says Erin Cleary, IPPA marketing and education letter. “When you consider that pork tenderloin is as lean as skinless chicken breast, it is clear that pork can be enjoyed as part of a well-balanced and healthy diet for those managing diabetes, pre-diabetes and obesity.”

Cleary was on site to share recipes and information about the lean profile of today’s pork and the important role lean protein plays in a healthy diet.

  • Lean pork is a great source of protein and many essential vitamins and other nutrients.  A 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin is an “excellent” source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and niacin and a “good” source of riboflavin, potassium and zinc. (www.pork.org.)
  • A study published earlier this year in the journal Obesity, concluded that including protein from lean sources, such as pork, in your diet could help you retain more lean body mass, including muscle, while losing weight. 
  • According to researchers at Purdue University, a reduced-calorie diet with a higher but healthy amount of protein helped overweight women preserve more lean mass while losing weight compared to women who consumed the same amount of calories but ate less protein.
  • A USDA analysis found that pork tenderloin contains only 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.
  • On average, the six most common cuts of pork are 16 percent leaner than 15 years ago, and saturated fat has dropped 27 percent.

Diabetes is a growing epidemic that impacts one in 10 American adults, according to the ADA. The ADA concludes that if current trends continue, one out of every three Americans born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime. An estimated 778,000 Illinois residents have been diagnosed with diabetes.

“This is an important health issue for all of us and IPPA is pleased to join the ADA walk to raise awareness and help consumers have the information they need to make healthy food choices,” says Cleary.

Source: Illinois Pork Producers Association