Most people do not think of pork as a health food. Let’s put that to rest. This recipe for Paleo Pork Shoulder Roast is a great way to start!
First of all, there is good pork and there is bad pork. I eat only the good pork. By this I mean that the animal is raised humanely on land where they can roam and root around with their nose and get sunshine on their skin. Good pork is from an animal raised on pasture – truly free-range.
Bad pork comes from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). These are inhumane operations that keep the animals in unspeakable conditions and are downright disgusting. These are entirely for-profit operations and have nothing to do with nutrient value and/or sustainability.
Sadly, most of the people in this country eat the bad pork. This is the pork that clogs the arteries. These animals are fattened with GM and pesticide laden cereal grains and skim milk.
Think about that for a minute.
Americans are told to eat cereal and skim milk for breakfast – to keep things low fat. What has this been doing to the population? Look around in a mall.
Good pork yields fat (lard) that is full of vitamin D and is approximately 47% monounsaturated fat, just like the fat in olive oil. Monounsaturated fat has always been viewed as healthy – and it is. Lard is also made up of 40% saturated fats and of that, 1/3 is beneficial stearic acid. Let’s not forget that it gives food a wonderful savory flavor as well.
Lard is perfect for high heat cooking because of the stability of the saturated fats. Saturated fats have been unfairly denigrated in favor of vegetable oils. However, it’s the rancid, processed vegetable oils that are the dangerous fats, especially when heated.
It has been suggested to marinate the pork overnight (or at least for a few hours) in apple cider vinegar for added digestibility and to kill potential pathogens. Frankly, there is very little chance of pathogens in pork that has been raised humanely, but marinating fresh pork is a traditional way of preparing it. Cured pork (bacon) does not need to be marinated.
Adding root vegetables, including radish, compliments the savory softness of the meat with a mild spiciness that is truly satisfying. This meal sticks to your bones.
For further discussion about other issues with pork see my previous post and recipe here.
To find a local source of humanely raised pork find your local WAPF chapter and ask for recommendations.
Here is another trusted source for humanely raised pork.Print
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