ETR reader Larry F. wrote to us recently with a concern about the health benefits of pork.
"You often write about the benefits of grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, free-range chicken, and organic eggs," he said. "But I don’t recall your talking about the health benefits (or lack thereof) of pork."
The truth is, there’s not a whole lot of information out there about the health benefits of pork. It’s a decent source of protein… but doesn’t have much else going for it. One reason we recommend wild-caught fish and grass-fed beef in ETR is that they contain healthful omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s provide a myriad of health benefits ranging from balancing blood sugar and protecting against heart health to protecting against cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.
So go ahead and enjoy organic, nitrite-free pork that’s been naturally raised. But if you’re trying to get the most out of your protein, stick to fatty fish – like wild salmon, sardines, and Pacific halibut – and grass-fed beef.[Ed. Note: Eating the right foods is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Get more information about what you should be eating here. And be sure to check out the expert advice and free recipes at Kelley’s site, www.HealingGourmet.com.
If you have other questions for ETR’s health experts, e-mail us at AskETR@ETRFeedback.com. Include your name, hometown, and state, and we may respond to your e-mail in ETR.]