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Pork Buyer’s Guide

How to buy the healthiest pork at the grocery store.

Pork is an excellent source of many nutrients, including thiamin, niacin and riboflavin and vitamin B6, and a good source of zinc and potassium. Unlike the pork of yore, today’s pigs have been bred to be lean, which makes pork a healthy choice—and also makes it trickier to cook. It dries out when overcooked, so make sure to use an instant-read thermometer to cook it just to the right temperature (145°F), and always let the meat rest before serving. Here are some guidelines for choosing the healthiest pork at the supermarket.

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