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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
- 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.
Team up in the kitchen with Team Jennifer Jones!
These elite curlers know that lean, high quality and affordable protein is a key part of success on and off the ice. Check out the links for each player’s favourite pork recipe!
- Jennifer Jones, Skip - Maple Cider Chops with Apples
- Kaitlyn Lawes, Third - Korean Lettuce Wraps
- Jocelyn Peterman, Second - Pork Pad Thai
- Dawn McEwen, Lead - Lean Pulled Pork
Did you know?
A 100 g serving (about the size of your fist) of raw, trimmed pork contains 22 g of valuable protein.