Enjoy fresh, lean New Zealand pork as part of a healthy diet - it's a powerhouse of goodness!
New Zealand pork...
- is a nutrient dense food
- is lean
- provides iron
- is a great source of protein
- contains important vitamins and minerals
Check out the topics below for more information on these nutrients.
Eating a wide range of nutritious food is key to good health. We should enjoy plenty of fruits, vegetables, grain foods, (ideally wholegrain and those naturally high in fibre), along with some milk and milk products), legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and other seafood, eggs, poultry and/or red meat with the fat removed.
Lean meats, such as New Zealand pork offer an important source of key nutrients such as iron, zinc, protein, and vitamins.
Pork is a tasty source of nutrients for everyone
Up until six months, only breast milk (or infant formula) should be given to infants. By around six months, cooked and pureed lean meat (beef, lamb, pork, chicken or fish) can be introduced to provide a good boost to iron and zinc levels.
Children and teenagers
This is a stage of significant growth, including bones, muscles, body and mind. It is also a time where taste preferences and eating habits are formed. New Zealand pork provides nutrients for growing bodies, in a tasty way.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women
Growing and feeding anew baby takes a lot of work! Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding need higher intakes of protein and iron – both of which are present in good amounts in pork.
Adults are advised to eat a wide variety of food, which can include lean meats like New Zealand pork. Many New Zealand adults need to reduce their sodium / salt intake and lean NZ pork is a low sodium food.
Appetites tend to decrease a bit as we age, so small portions of nutrient dense foods are recommended. Lean pork is a great choice.