When CALORIES count… PORK WINS!
Given the escalating rates of obesity in Canada and the associated burden in terms of chronic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease, it is important to recognize that protein can actually be a valuable ally in the battle of the bulge.
Research shows that replacing some carbohydrate with protein-rich foods may have health benefits. It’s been well documented that protein is the most satiating macronutrient - more satiating than carbohydrate and fats, and studies show that replacing some carbohydrate with protein-rich foods may help with appetite control.
You can get your protein from many different sources, but the more ”diluted” the protein is – the more calories you need to ingest to get the 22 grams of protein. Vegetable protein sources require a lot of food and also calories.
To get the same amount of protein found in one pork chop, one would need to eat 2 ¾ cups of cooked quinoa! That amount of quinoa represents 610 calories compared to the 138 calories found in a 75g pork chop!
Source: Canadian Pork Council