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Pork is the culinary name for meat from the domestic pig. It is the most commonly consumed meat worldwide. Pork is eaten both freshly cooked and preserved (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Like most food allergies, proteins found in pork are what trigger an allergic reaction in humans. Specifically, the 65-kDa protein is the main allergen found in pork meat. For those who have this rare allergy, the body’s immune system reacts to the intake of the allergen stimulating a type 1 hypersensitivity reaction consequently casting symptoms abdominal symptoms, asthma, rashes, sneezing, and breathing problems (Active One Health, nd).

Common Uses:

Pork may be cooked from fresh meat or cured over time. Cured meat products include ham and bacon. The carcass may be used in many different ways for fresh meat cuts, with the popularity of certain cuts and certain carcass proportions varying worldwide (Wikipedia, nd).

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 1 slice (425 g)

Calories 736
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39 g 60%
Saturated fat 13 g 65%
Polyunsaturated fat 5 g
Monounsaturated fat 17 g
Trans fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 276 mg 92%
Sodium 3,162 mg 131%
Potassium 1,479 mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 0.9 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0 g 0%
Sugar 0.2 g
Protein 95 g 190%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5% Iron 27%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 95%
Vitamin B-12 40% Magnesium 23%

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