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  • #16
    Which cuts of pork are fatty? Pork's the "other" meat that I walk straight past...I've only ever bought bacon and ham but I steer clear of both of those now because I think I was getting a headache from all the nitrates. But I've just rediscovered lamb, so I'm inspired to experiment with some pork cuts too. Looking at the website of a local grocery store I see that pork loin chops, pork belly, pork cutlets, pork spare ribs and shoulder chops are all available and reasonably priced, and they're free range.
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    • #17
      Holy crap! I was just playing around entering some cuts of pork into cronometer and pork belly is crazy high in calories! I usually eat 200g meat portions so I entered that in of pork belly to compare and it has 1036 calories!! Add some butter to cook it and that would just about be my entire daily intake as per usual.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Heth View Post
        Holy crap! I was just playing around entering some cuts of pork into cronometer and pork belly is crazy high in calories! I usually eat 200g meat portions so I entered that in of pork belly to compare and it has 1036 calories!! Add some butter to cook it and that would just about be my entire daily intake as per usual.
        Ok... seriously... you do not need any butter to cook pork belly.
        Pork belly is "bacon" that is completely unsalted and uncured.
        It is mostly slow roasted, then finished with some high heat to crisp the skin

        And... a SMALL portion is very, very filling!
        Delicious and satisfying. (IMO)
        I'm not a person that sees great value in the "volume" of foods though...
        I only eat one normal sized meal per day. *shrug*
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        • #19
          Originally posted by seaweed View Post
          there is of course the religious restrictions on eating pork. that aside, if i can get free range hogs, i get pork but it is very expensive so i dont do it often. i much prefer wild hogs flavourwise. you do need to make sure you dont get a smelly old boar but a nice young animal tastes good. plus they are a pest.
          In Hawaii the indigenous locals get hired by the haole residents to come onto their property to hunt & kill the pesky wild hogs that trample & eat their dainty gardens & eat their tree fruits off the ground at night before the residents can pick their fruit the next day. The natives get well paid to hunt & kill their family's breakfasts, lunches & dinners for the week!
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          • #20
            Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
            Ok... seriously... you do not need any butter to cook pork belly.
            Pork belly is "bacon" that is completely unsalted and uncured.
            It is mostly slow roasted, then finished with some high heat to crisp the skin

            And... a SMALL portion is very, very filling!
            Delicious and satisfying. (IMO)
            I'm not a person that sees great value in the "volume" of foods though...
            I only eat one normal sized meal per day. *shrug*
            Oh okay I really had no idea, I was thinking it would be a sort of steak-like fry up situation . I'm a bit lazy and impatient to slow cook things, can it be cooked quickly at all or does this make it tough?
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            • #21
              Holy crap! I was just playing around entering some cuts of pork into cronometer and pork belly is crazy high in calories! I usually eat 200g meat portions so I entered that in of pork belly to compare and it has 1036 calories!! Add some butter to cook it and that would just about be my entire daily intake as per usual.
              I regularly take two or three days a week and eat almost nothing but bacon and eggs. One pound of bacon and then four eggs. All I need for the day.
              Crohn's, doing SCD

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Heth View Post
                Which cuts of pork are fatty? Pork's the "other" meat that I walk straight past...I've only ever bought bacon and ham but I steer clear of both of those now because I think I was getting a headache from all the nitrates. But I've just rediscovered lamb, so I'm inspired to experiment with some pork cuts too. Looking at the website of a local grocery store I see that pork loin chops, pork belly, pork cutlets, pork spare ribs and shoulder chops are all available and reasonably priced, and they're free range.
                You can buy it now nitrate & nitrite free, it's so good.

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                • #23
                  I love this post. The pig has obviously always been revered by people. I recently did an experiment where I took pork and beef out of my diet for a beef which was all I had eat for a couple months. I switched to salmon and chicken. I wouldn't say I felt like shit, but I definitely feel much better with pork and beef in my diet. I realize this is a personal experiment so there isn't any factual information to offer. Someone close to me just advertised pastured pigs for sale at a great price, I would really love to order half of one if I can get some money put back. The only drawback is they advertise that the pigs have access to "high quality corn" daily. Although the pigs looked very healthy and forage through the woods all day long. Its gotta be much better than the stuff I get at Wal-Mart lol
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Betorq View Post
                    The societies I'm most familiar with that consume a LOT o' pork are the Filipinos & the Hawaiians, also consume a lot of fish as well. Also taro, fresh fruits (I'm speaking traditional diets, not modern diets).

                    Also they are either some or all of the following: active physical workers, ocean swimmers, walkers, hikers, mountain climbers & kayakers & surfers.

                    I'm a recent convert to the religion of pork (raised in a kosher home).
                    I love it!
                    I seek it out, in the form of my weekend bacon which I look forward to, yeah tomorrow is Sunday, as well as pulled pork which I make myself complete with a finally perfected paleo BBQ sauce that rocks out, even my former-grocery-store-brand-lovin' mom loves it! (high praise).

                    The Chinese venerate it, for its many healthy energetic attributes: take yer pick from these many links to TCM sites. I particularly enjoyed reading #5, bacon, trotters, gallbladders, hearts you name it the Chinese eat & categorize it...

                    1. Food treatment: winter eating pork seven major benefits of blood ...

                      www.tcmwell.com/TCMNaturalTherapy/.../Food-treatment--winter-e...
                      Nov 16, 2011 – Nutrient-rich pig's blood, food therapy can stasis, stop bleeding, colon,Winter is the season of nutritional supplements, the benefits of eating ...

                    2. Pork|Chinese Medicine Diet, Food + Nutrition Guide

                      www.asante-academy.com/ke-explains/foodsa-z/pork.htm
                      Read more about Pork in Dr Deng's Chinese Medicine Diet, Food and Nutrition A-Z guide. ... Pork meat nourishes weakness, benefits the blood and qi. People ...
                    3. Five Elements Guide TCM Doctors - Study In China

                      www.study-in-china.org › China Feature
                      Dec 13, 2010 – UNDER TCM theory, even people are classified according to the five elements. ... Foods that benefit the heart while nourishing yin are often ... Lean pork, jujube, glutinous rice, beef, chicken and black mullet are good choices.
                    4. What are Heaty and Cooling Foods? - Amazing Benefits of Honey!

                      www.benefits-of-honey.com/heaty.html
                      In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the notion of heaty (yang)(as ... duck, fig, kidney bean, lotus fruit and seed, milk, olive, oyster, papaya, pork, potato, ...
                    5. [PDF] PORK: MOISTENING YOUR INTERNAL DESERT - Meridian ...

                      www.meridian-acupuncture-clinic.com/support-files/tcm-pork.pdf
                      File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
                      12 spezzatino.com Volume 10. FOODS THAT HEAL. TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE. PORK: MOISTENING. YOUR INTERNAL. DESERT. Paul O'Brien ...
                    6. TCM -What is Food Therapy?

                      www.tcmecc.org/foodtherapy.htm
                      One of the 5 major branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine is Food Therapy. ... 2. Black -boned chicken 3. Chicken 4. Duck 5. Mutton 6. Pork. Dairy Products. 1. ..... It also benefits the heart, and is useful for palpitations due to fright, insomnia, ...
                    7. Acupuncture.Com - Diabetes Mellitus From Western and TCM ...

                      www.acupuncture.com/Conditions/diabetes2c.htm
                      The Chinese author's treatment using pork pancreas was similar to modern treatment by insulin. In Chinese medicine however, thirst, weight loss, fatigue, and ...
                    8. Chinese Nutrition by Food Group - Traditional Chinese Medicine

                      www.acupuncture.com/nutrition/chinut1.htm
                      Qi. Pork: neutral, sweet & salty, Sp, St, Ki, Lubricates dryness (Ni: sl. cold) ... Egg white: cool, sweet, detoxifies, lubricates Lu, cools hot sensations, benefits throat ...
                    9. A Teaspoon Of Vinegar A Day Keeps The Doctor Away at Chinese ...

                      www.chinesefoodhealth.com/.../a-teaspoon-of-vinegar-a-day-keeps-t...
                      Mar 26, 2009 – As you can see, while pork trotter is rich in calcium and vinegar helps... Of course you don't have to be a mom to enjoy the benefits of vinegar.
                    10. Koo's Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic - TCM Chinese Nutrition

                      koosacupuncture.com/page1.html
                      Our ancestors took advantage of the medicinal qualities of food to prevent and treat ....function: pork or chicken livers can benefit persons having Liver disorders ; ...
                    Cool post! Thanks for sharing this.

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                    • #25
                      I've been eating a LOT of ground pork recently and feeling pretty good. I can get pasture-raised ground pork cheaper than I can the equivilent amount of grass-fed ground beef. That's certainly helped me make up my mind that pork is ok to include.

                      Also, can't go wrong with a wonderful pasture-raised pork loin chop cooked to perfection in coconut oil, letting the chops soak up that coconut flavor, topped over a delicious veggie-filled omlete. Now I'm drooling.

                      Also, for an interesting way to get your pork AND your beef in one sitting...

                      Blend four or five uncooked slices of bacon in blender. Add resultant mush to one pound of ground beef. Cook and fill entire residence with delicious smoked smell that seems to permeate even deeper than cooking bacon on it's own does.
                      Last edited by Drumroll; 09-23-2012, 11:04 AM.
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                      • #26
                        I've eaten boar. You can't lump it together with pork. Much better. Almost nutty.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          I have a chart here in Art and Science of Low Carb Performance:

                          Pig fat (lard): 12% PUFA, 47% MUFA, 41% SFA
                          Human fat: 18% PUFA, 55% MUFA, 27% SFA
                          First time I saw a break-down of human adipose. Does that suggest we should be consuming about the same mix of fats? Eg, if our bodies are smart enough to store 18% PUFA, 55% MUFA and only 27% SFA, shouldn't we consume in about that same percentage?

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                          • #28
                            Pork is my favourite meat. I only make ruminants the cornerstone of my diet as I have been informed that the O3 ratio is superior.

                            Pork belly = heaven.
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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                              I've eaten boar. You can't lump it together with pork. Much better. Almost nutty.
                              Oh,yeah. Yummy stuff. They have wild boar meat at my local Sprouts store so I eat that sometimes and make sausage out of it. But I do pretty much give other pork a pass due to their diet.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                                Oh,yeah. Yummy stuff. They have wild boar meat at my local Sprouts store so I eat that sometimes and make sausage out of it. But I do pretty much give other pork a pass due to their diet.
                                I have a naturally raised pork source. I still prefer the boar though. I'll actually be heading to the market at the start of next month to pick up an entire trunkfull of pork, beef and any exotic meats that catch my eye.
                                In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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