Pork vs. Beef

Pork vs. Beef

If there is one protein source that gets a bad rap, and unjustifiably so, it is pork.

Pork vs. Beef Here is a chart – a tale of the tape, if you will – that compares the nutritional values of 8 ounces of pork tenderloin and 8 ounces of top sirloin (beef). As you can see, pork more than holds its own against another of my favorite sources of protein.

At some point, pork garnered a bad reputation for being fatty. Certainly, some cuts, such as ribs and bacon, are full of fat. But others, such as tenderloin and center-cut chops, are pretty lean. This is partly because pork farmers have responded to dietary trends by breeding leaner pork.

In fact, in 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a study to re-evaluate pork’s macronutrients, and it found that while protein content had remained the same, the fat content of eight cuts of pork was significantly lower.

In addition, the National Pork Board reports that some cuts are 16% lower in total fat and 27% lower in saturated fat. Tenderloin in particular has half the total fat of top sirloin, one of the leanest cuts of beef.

Equally important, however, is the type of fat in pork. While we all know that beef is relatively high in saturated fat – which has been linked to cardiovascular disease in sedentary people – the majority of fat in pork is mono-unsaturated. That is good for a few reasons.

For one, monounsaturated fats – also found in olive oil, nuts and avocados – have been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. They are also more likely to be used by the body as fuel, which of course means they are less likely to be stored as fat. [via]

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6 Responses to “Pork vs. Beef”

  1. kenneth geffre Says:

    i have been a vagan for 19 years but since i got sick and lost 25 lbs (i was always 120 lbs). i need to start a meat diet. where would say i start. chicken. beef. or pork?
    i have been eating a fair amount of chicken,but would like to start beef and pork. which is better?
    thank you


  2. Karen Says:

    beef or fish check out Jordan Rubin’s books about weight and eating, he was in a similar situation and almost died. Good balanced eating makes sense.
    The Maker’s Diet and Your Perfect Weight


  3. Joanne Says:

    There is no mention of sodium in the comparison. Can you supply that info?


  4. kuana Says:

    What is the answer to if beef is healthier than pork because I can not find it.


  5. Sam Dan Says:

    pork will do but it shouldn’t be too much. Beef contains saturated fat which can cause cardiovascular disease.


  6. kagenical Says:

    For building lean tissue, or maintaining lean bodymass during a diet – I would choose pork. It’s similar protein content, lower overall fat content (fewer Calories/serving) and better lipid profile (compared to commercial beef). Prime grass fed beef would be your absolute best choice, as it contains high levels of omega fats (in their most bioavailable forms) for only a few more calories over pork.


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