Nutrient Value of Canadian Pork

The following is a list of the nutrients in pork and how they help maintain health. For a breakdown of the amount of each of these nutrients is in various cuts of pork - check out our Nutritional Profile of Pork Chart.

Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

  • builds & repairs nerves & muscles
  • maintains an appetite
  • releases energy from carbohydrates

Riboflavin  

  • releases energy from proteins
  • maintains the nervous system
  • builds & repairs body tissues
  • maintains healthy skin & eyes

Niacin (Vitamin B3)

  • releases energy from foods 
  • maintains healthy skin 
  • maintains the digestive tract 
  • protects the nervous system

Vitamin B6

  • releases energy from proteins
  • helps transport amino acids
  • helps form niacin (Vitamin B3)
  • aids functioning of nervous system

Vitamin B12

  •  maintains red blood cells
  • ensures healthy nerve tissue
  • helps produce genetic material
  • supports cell function & metabolism

Iron

  • builds hemoglobin in red blood cells
  • prevents nutritional anemia
  • helps with energy production

Fat

  • supplies energy
  • protects & insulates body parts
  • nourishes skin
  • promotes normal growth
  • transports vitamins A, D, E & K
  • supplies essential fatty acids

Zinc

  • enhances and protects bones
  • improves resistance to infection
  • helps form hormones & enzymes
  • develops & maintains immune system

Pantothenic Acid

  • releases energy from foods
  • forms cholesterol, hormones & hemoglobin

Protein

  • builds & repairs body tissues
  • regulates body processes
  • forms antibodies to fight off infection

Source: Canadian Pork Council