We’ve all heard it: the candy of the gods, everything is better wrapped in it, amazing goodness, angels dancing across your taste buds, a small slice of heaven, that’s right, it’s BACON! I think say its safe to say bacon just may be America’s favorite pork product.
Why is this important?
October is National Pork Month! Following National Beef Month, this is probably my next favorite! Lately, the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council have been busy between legislation regarding the Farm Bill and the latest gestation crate issue. However, issues aside, October is when we celebrate Pork, so BE INSPIRED.
Why celebrate Pork?
What’s not to celebrate?! Pork is in fact the most widely eaten protein in the world. Did you know that pork is the leanest it’s been in 20 years? According to a study published in February, by Purdue University researchers found that including protein from lean pork in your diet can help you lose weight, while maintaining more lean tissue, including muscle. Pork dieters rated themselves more positively in terms of overall mood and feelings of pleasure during dieting, as compared to those who consumed less protein. Along with good feelings and weight loss, pork is an excellent source of thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, B-6, phosphorus and a good source of zinc and potassium.
Everything but the oink!
Did you know the pork industry supplies us with much more than just protein? As the old saying of the industry goes, we use “everything but the oink.” But what exactly does that mean? Along with a wholesome and nutritious protein source pig products are used for a much larger variety of things, from heart valves to insulin for diabetes patients. In total pigs provide an ingredient in nearly 20 different pharmaceuticals. Not to mention the “drop” products (drop products are non-consumable products like bone, skin and hair) that are used in paint brushes, leather gloves, buttons, lubricants and rubber. The list goes on, you can find more information on various pork products through the Pork Checkoff.
So along the lines of celebrating pork I’ve decided to have a Giveaway! With a special thanks to my friends at the Kansas Pork Association (check them out on Facebook) and the National Pork Board, I’ll be giving away some Pork paraphernalia to the winner of the giveaway. A picture of the giveaway items will be posted soon.
Here’s how to enter; there will be two giveaways:
•For the first giveaway, share your favorite pork recipe with us in the comment section below. Every recipe will receive an entry for the giveaway. If you’re anything like me and cooking isn’t your forte, the second giveaway is for you! But don’t hesitate to enter both!
•Once you’ve done that click here to sign up for the second giveaway.
This gives you the opportunity to be entered up for two giveawys! The winners will be drawn at random and announced at the end of the month.
So start so start typing up your favorite pork recipe. Ready……. GO!
Update…. Here is a photo of the Pork products donated by the National Pork Board for the second giveaway!