Lean Pork Weighs In Just in Time for Swimsuit Season

Pork can help people who are dieting.

New research supports the benefits of eating lean pork when dieting, and the Pork Checkoff is weighing in on the data, with appeared recently in the British Journal of Nutrition . The study revealed that eating a calorie-restricted diet with additional protein at breakfast, including Canadian bacon and eggs, led to increased feelings of fullness throughout the day.

"This supports the ongoing body of research that shows how lean protein, including pork, can help people feel full while dieting," says Ceci Snyder, assistant vice president of consumer marketing for the Pork Checkoff. "This is important for those watching their weight, because it may lead to eating fewer excess calories later in the day."

Pork's positive role in weight management is also supported by a related study published in Obesity. Researchers found a reduced-calorie diet with higher protein intakes - about 30 percent of total calories, including 6 ounces of pork each day - helped overweight women preserve more lean mass while losing weight compared to those eating less protein but the same amount of calories.

According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture analysis of MyPyramid food group servings, only 44 percent of Americans consume the recommended amount from the meat group. That means Americans are not taking full advantage of the benefits of consuming lean protein and run the risk of under-consuming key nutrients like B vitamins and zinc.

To encourage consumers to add more pork to their diet, the Pork Checkoff is using e-newsletters targeted at the media and the recipe database at TheOtherWhiteMeat.com to promote 21 days of lean recipes, including "Baked Egg with Canadian Bacon, Tomato and Potatoes" to "Egg, Spinach and Ham Cups."

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