Pork: myths and reality

March 28, 2019

Moscow, Russia – 28 March 2019 – Cherkizovo Group debunks myths about pork being unhealthy. In the wake of recent trends in healthy eating, pork has been unfairly criticised as too fatty and unhealthy meat, which may cause obesity and other conditions. This is not the case, argue Cherkizovo Group's experts. 

Moderate intake of animal fats is good for your health, with recent research showing that fatty foods can even contribute to weight loss, says Andrey Dalnov, Chief Analyst at Cherkizovo Group.

The human body functions as a hybrid engine: it can run either on carbohydrates or on fats, however, most of the time it uses both of these energy sources. “Problems arise when the balance is skewed in favour of carbohydrates. According to the carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity, carbohydrates (more precisely, glucose, which is obtained from the breakdown of carbohydrates) cause the release of the insulin hormone, which “orders” the fat cells to store energy,” Andrey Dalnov comments. This results in energy shortage that slows metabolism, making people hungry. “It gives rise to a vicious circle: the more carbohydrates we consume, the more hungry we feel,” explains the expert.

The only solution to this problem, according to our expert, is a balanced diet, with most of the calories (40–60%) coming from saturated and unsaturated fats. 

Pork does not have to be fat – the industry offers a variety of breeds and cuts, and consumers can easily satisfy their preferences by opting for lean pork.

The perception of pork as unhealthy meat is absolutely unjustified. On the contrary, it offers a number of benefits that other types of meat lack, including high nutritional value. “While relatively cheap, 100 g of pork contain 26 g of protein, 21 g of fat, B vitamins, zinc (which is essential for the immune system), as well as selenium, iron, and phosphorus. For comparison, 100 g of chicken contain 19 g of protein, 15 g of fat, and approximately the same minerals and vitamins. Milk has even less nutrients (3 g of protein, 5 g of carbohydrates, 5 g of sugars, 3 g of fat, and B vitamins). Obviously, pork beats milk in nutritional value and, on average, provides more energy than chicken meat,” note Cherkizovo Group's analysts.