The Pork Buyer's Guide

Find out how to purchase pork the right way.

The Pork Buyer's Guide

Investigative reporter Mark Schatzker has the latest scoop on how to be a smart food shopper. If you want to buy the highest quality, tastiest cut of pork, follow these guidelines the next time you visit the supermarket.

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Check Labels

When shopping for the perfect piece of pork, make sure the only ingredient listed is pork. There should be no antibiotics added nor any additional ingredients, and the meat should be labeled free-range to guarantee you're getting the best kind. If you see any strange ingredients or additives listed, avoid buying.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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