How healthy is pork?

Pork in combination with a diet intended to lose weight is often discussed with trepidation. Pork quickly evokes associations with a juicy smoked sausage, a piece of bacon or a sausage. Pork is also said to increase the risk of cancer. How healthy is pork actually?

Lean and fatty pork

Pork does not necessarily have to be fatty. There is fatty and lean pork. The last category fits perfectly within an energy-restricted diet. Lean pork contains few saturated (unhealthy) fats. Examples are fricandeau, back and shoulder ham, pork fillet, pork tenderloin and roulade.

Fatty types of pork include all types of sausage, bacon, hamburgers, minced meat, pork chops, shoulder chops and pork chops.


Another persistent myth about pork is that it causes pimples. Pimples have to do with hormones and not with diet. If you are allergic to pork, this could possibly cause a reaction in the form of pimples.


Hygiene is important when preparing pork. Diseases and bacteria such as BRSA, salmonella and the parasite Toxoplasmosis can also make people sick. To kill the bacteria, thoroughly cook pork, thoroughly wash the board you used to cut (pork) meat and wash your hands after preparing pork.

What is in pork?

Pork obviously contains protein and fat. Pork contains proportionately more iron than other types of meat. The same goes for zinc.

In addition, pork provides various vitamins. Liver sausage contains a lot of vitamin A. The other vitamins found in pork are B1, B6 and B12.

The disadvantages of pork

So much for the benefits of pork. However, there are many opponents of pork, including Muslims, Jews and some Christians. They do not eat pork because it is unclean according to the Bible or the Koran.

Eating pork may increase the risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.

It is also claimed that pork is toxic to humans. This has to do with the high fat and cholesterol content. The human body needs cholesterol for, among other things, fat transport. But too much cholesterol causes arteries to narrow.

Pork is also said to contain proteins that rot more quickly in the intestines, due to their structure. Many toxins are released during this process. In terms of structure, pork proteins are similar to the proteins that humans have in the body. The result is that the proteins are not recognized as “foreign substances”. The toxins can thus end up in the blood or lymph.

People’s connective tissue structures are said to be weakened by pork. Mucus forms in tendons, joints and cartilage. This can lead to rheumatism, among other things. Pork contains viruses that can settle in our lungs, resulting in chronic colds.