Health experts have a message for you: Put your pork rinses aside.
They say the salty, fatty and high-protein ingredients in pork tenderloos are what you’re getting when you go for your next pork rini.
But they say the nutritional value of rinsing your pork tender loins is a wash.
That’s because when they’re stored in a freezer, the pork rines can lose their nutritional value and become less tender and juicy, said Dr. Karen O’Sullivan, the lead author of a new report in the International Journal of Food Safety.
“If you look at the pork tenderlet in a supermarket, there’s not that much of an opportunity to add nutrition to that tenderloINs,” she said.
“They’re essentially the equivalent of eating a bag of chips or crackers, with the added fat and salt.”
While the fat in the pork loins helps reduce absorption of nutrients, the salty coating, in turn, helps keep the nutrients from reaching the tenderloINS.
The report says a recent study by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) found that rinsed pork tenderlets had the same levels of omega-3 fatty acids and the same amount of antioxidants as fresh, unripe pork tenderliin.
“We’re trying to be cautious and not get too caught up in the fact that this is not really the same thing as eating fresh pork,” O’Neill said.
Instead, she said, the health benefits of rinning are best achieved when your tenderlo ins are stored at lower temperatures and under constant supervision.
“The best way to store them at a lower temperature is to wrap them in a piece of cardboard, and refrigerate them,” she explained.
“It’s not only less moisture, but it’s also the most hygienic way to ensure that they’re preserved and you’re not just dumping a lot of nutrients in them.”
Pork tenderloining isn’t the only problem with pork rincks.
The meat itself is also an issue.
Pork rinsings are usually cooked and cooled, but O’Shaughnessy said you can also use a low-fat frying pan.
She says you could also use the leftover cooked meat to make a sauce.
“I have a recipe for chicken barbecue sauce, which I’m really excited about because it’s just chicken, a little bit of garlic, and a little olive oil,” she told CBC News.
“So it’s really easy to make that sauce.”
To get the best out of your tender loin, be sure to use a quality pork tenderliner, such as the brand name American Brand, O’Shea said.