Learn About Porks Delicious and Nutritious Attributes at the Essentia Health, Fitness and Health Expo

The Minnesota Pork Board (MPB) is off and running in preparation for this year’s Grandma’s Marathon. MPB continues as a proud sponsor of Grandma’s Marathon and the MPB staff and volunteers are counting down the days to one of our favorite events.

The MPB delivers consumer information and cooking tips on behalf of Minnesota’s 4,200 pig farmers who proudly raise high quality and wholesome pork for grocery store meat cases. This event is a great way for MPB staff and booth volunteers to talk with consumers about how nutritious pork benefits their healthy lifestyle.

At the Essentia Health Fitness & Health Expo, MPB booth volunteers will be handing out complimentary meat thermometers and pork recipes, plus serving freshly grilled pork samples. Savvy pork lovers know the key to a great eating experience with pork is to not overcook it, especially the lean pork cuts. For best results when cooking pork, use an instant-read meat thermometer and cook pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, and then let it rest about 3 minutes for slicing or serving.

Did you know that several fresh pork cuts are among the leanest meats listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? For example, the pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast and other cuts of fresh pork, such as pork chops and pork roast, are leaner than a skinless chicken thigh. Pork also contains important vitamins necessary to our health and is classified as a nutrient-dense food because of its thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, phosphorus, protein, zinc and potassium content.

To further showcase pork's dietary muscle, Minnesota pork families are race participants and volunteer at the expo booth. To follow along on the runner’s progress leading up to marathon day, visit the Pork Power blog. Multiple people within the pork industry will share their experiences as they prepare for the 5K, half and full marathon.

Minnesota’s pork farmers encourage you to visit the Pork Power blog http://porkpower.wordpress.com/. We would love for you to share your training experiences, ask a pork-related question or share your favorite pork recipe.