Protein Power

Pork Protein Power

Protein is essential to every cell in the body. The amino acids or “building blocks” of protein:

  • Build and repair body tissue
  • Help fight infections
  • Help keep body fluids in balance
  • Act as enzymes and hormones
  • Help the body maintain a healthy metabolism
  • Supply the body with energy in the form of calories

The protein in pork:

  • Is considered a complete protein because it contains sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids
  • Helps maintains muscle mass
  • Is used more readily and rapidly by the body than plant-based proteins
  • Keeps you feeling full longer so you can focus on a winning performance

How much?

  • To ensure you’re getting enough protein, Health Canada recommends eating 2-3 servings (about the size of your fist) of lean meat and alternatives every day.
  • Athletes and active adults generally need more protein than the average person.

Did you know?

A 100 g serving (about the size of your fist) of raw, trimmed pork contains 22 g of valuable protein.