Pork is the culinary name for the flesh of a domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus). It is the most commonly consumed meat worldwide, with evidence of pig husbandry dating back to 5000 BC.

Pork is eaten both freshly cooked and preserved. Curing extends the shelf life of the pork products. Ham, smoked pork, gammon, bacon and sausage are examples of preserved pork. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, many from pork.

Pig is the most popular meat in the Eastern and non-Muslim parts of Southeastern Asia (Indochina, Philippines, Singapore, East Timor) and is also very common in the Western world, especially in Central Europe. It is highly prized in Asian cuisines for its fat content and pleasant texture. Consumption of pork is forbidden by Jewish, Muslim and Rastafarian dietary law, for religious reasons, with several suggested possible causes.

Pork Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits

Pork is composed of 69.7% water, 0% carbohydrates, 20.71% protein, and 9.03% fat. One ounce of pork supplies you with 5.871 grams of protein, which is 12.76 percent of the minimum of 46 grams of fiber you should have daily if you are female and 10.48 percent of the minimum of 56 grams if you are male, according to the Institute of Medicine (US). That same a 100 gram reference serving of pork provides 170 calories and is an important source of Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B3 (niacin), and Vitamin B1 (thiamin) (53.62%, 47.28%, and 44.09% of the Daily Value, respectively). This means if your diet contains pork, it helps your body to produce red blood cells (RBCs) and neurotransmitters, maintain metabolism of fats and carbohydrates into monosaccharides, break down peptides into amino acid monomers so that it can be used in the body and it is effective against mood disorders like depression, because vitamin B6 is responsible for creating neurotransmitters and regulates emotions through hormones like serotonin and dopamineAlzheimer’s disease with the help of other vitaminsanemia. Furthermore it contains a considerable amount of Selenium, Phosphorus and Zinc attaining 61.45%, 29.86% and 22.13% of the Daily Value in a 100 g (3.5 Oz), respectively.