Pork: Did you know?

Did you know

Did you know that… The word, “earmark,” which we now use to mean ‘to designate’ or ‘to set aside for a particular purpose’, actually has a very simple origin. For centuries, farmers marked their livestock with distinctive notches in the animals’ ears. Earmark in the literal sense first appeared in English around 1591, but the use of earmark in the figurative sense ‘to designate’ arose only in the late 19th century.

DID you know?

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did-you-know-weightsDid you know that…Women who cut calories but included more protein, including six ounces of lean pork per day, kept more muscle mass while losing weight than women who consumed the same amount of calories but less protein. Consuming a higher-protein diet also helped retain a sense of satiety or fullness after meals, according to the Checkoff-funded project conducted by Purdue University.

did-you-know-dollarsWhat’s the top price ever paid for a hog? The highest known price paid for a hog was $220,000 at the 2001 Summer Type Conference. The pig, bred by Todd Creager of Ohio, sold to Lifeline Genetics of Oklahoma.



did-you-know-pigsWhat did President Harry Truman have to say about hogs? “No man should be allowed to be president who does not understand hogs.”



did-you-know-porkchopFact: Pork can be part of a restricted-fat, low-cholesterol diet.
Yes! Today, ounce for ounce, pork ternderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast. Six of the most common pork cuts have, on average, 16 percent less fat and 27 percent less saturated fat than 19 years ago. Pork also is an excellent source of protein, thiamin, vitamin B6, phosphorus and niacin, and a good source of potassium, riboflavin and zinc. For more nutrition info, go to PorkBeInspired.com.

did-you-know-dinnerFact or hogwash? Pork tenderloin is just as lean as a skinless breast.

Research shows that ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin is lean as a skinless chicken breast. A 3-ounce serving of pork tenderloin has only 2.98 grams of total fat and 1.02 grams of saturated fat.


did-you-know-chinaDid you know that… As popular as pork is in America, it is not the United States, but China, that is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of fresh pork.

Did you know that… In ancient China, fresh pork enjoyed royal status. Around 4000 B.C., the Chinese people were ordered to raise and breed hogs by a royal decree from the emperor of China.

Did you know that… The ancient Chinese so hated to be separated from fresh pork that the departed sometimes were accompanied to the grave with their hogs.

did-you-know-barrelDid you know that… Pork is the world’s most widely eaten meat.

What’s the origin of the saying “pork barrel politics”?
The phrase is derived from the pre-Civil War practice of distributing salt pork to the slaves from huge barrels. By the 1870s, congressmen were referred to as regularly dipping into the “pork barrel” to obtain funds for popular projects in their home districts.


What’s the origin of the saying to “go whole hog”?
The expression came from the 18th century, when the English shilling was at one time called a “hog.” Thus, a spendthrift, one willing to spend an entire shilling on the entertainment of a friend in a pub, was willing to “go whole hog.”

What’s the heaviest hog ever?
A Poland China hog named “Big Bill” weighed 2,552 pounds and measured 9 feet long. The owner of this hefty hog was Burford Butler of Jackson, Tennessee, in 1933. In contrast, the average market weight of today’s lean hogs is around 265 pounds.

did-you-know-sausageFact or Hogwash? The longest single sausage was over a mile long.

A single sausage measuring 5,917 feet in length was cooked in Barcelona, Spain, on September 22, 1986.