Health zone

Reasons, tips and facts about a well-balanced diet

Health zone

Kométa produces its products from raw materials that originate from pigs that are carefully selected with consideration of their weight, meat/fat ratio and suitability for optimal processing. The professional criteria established by Kométa help Hungarian meat and meat products earn higher reputation internationally. Adequate intake of meat is expressly necessary for maintaining our organization's balance.

The role that meat plays in a healthy diet

Adequate intake of meat is expressly necessary for maintaining our organization's balance. Choosing Hungarian products is clearly and undoubtedly a good way to go. Apart from being a possible source of joy by itself, eating has the primary purpose of helping our organization maintain the metabolic processes at a healthy level.

Our body's daily nutrition needs are most often identified by the ratio of calorie intake from basic nutrients as follows:

Carbohydrate: 50 to 70%
Fat: 15 to 30%
Of which saturated fat: <10%
Protein: 9 to 12%

As you can see it from these figures, it is essential that we eat high-protein meat. However, identifying the correct amount is bit of an issue. As a step towards making the identification of amounts easier, nutrition scientists in the U.S. have developed the so-called food pyramid. It provides a clear and transparent overview of how much our body needs from each type of food:

Recommendations in the pyramid say that the food our body needs the most is carbohydrate food followed by fruits and vegetables. As far as meat and meat preparations are concerned, the daily recommended intake is 2 to 3 units where 1 unit equals to 100g of raw meat or 50g of lean sliced meat product. Therefore, we can conclude that there is no such food as “ideal”. Instead, we have to make our diet diverse both in terms of the raw materials used and the way we cook, bake, broil, etc. them and we should definitely include the proper amount and quality of meat in this diet.

Why is it important to eat meat or meat preparations every day?

It mainly comes down to protein intake. Human body builds its own proteins by dissolving proteins from food of plant or animal origin into their components (i.e. amino acids). Certain essential amino acids can be found in natural form (and in proper amount) only in meat and not in other types of food. In addition, meat is an important source of vitamins and minerals. Assuming a proper diet, about 70% of our daily vitamin B12 need is satisfied by meat and meat preparations, while the remaining amount is accounted for by dairy products (20%) and egg (10%). Vitamin B12 cannot be found in food of plant origin. Vitamin B12 plays a key role in, amongst others, blood production. Insufficient vitamin B12 intake may lead to anaemia and nervous system symptoms. Meat also has a key function to satisfy our body's need for vitamins B1, B2, B6, niacin and zink. Various types of meat contain the proper ratio of macro elements (e.g. sodium and potassium) which our body needs in a large amount. These two elements together regulate the water balance in our body and normalize our heart pace. It is to be stressed out, though, that selecting the proper amount is of key importance as a shift in the correct sodium/potassium ratio causes disorder in the nervous system and in muscle functions. Also, excessive sodium intake may lead to hypertension. Meat also plays a key role in iron metabolism. Consumption of red meat and meat preparations allows our body to readily absorb the amount of iron it needs especially when accompanied with food that is rich in vitamin C such as Kométa Kemencés (Furnace) ham, tomato, paprika and radish. So, in order to replenish our body's iron stores as effectively as possible, we should add some vegetables to delicious meat products in Easter time (especially if you have managed to keep your fasting schedule during Lent).

9 reasons to eat pork
  1. Selenium it provides protection against free radicals, strengthens our immune system and promotes muscle functions
  2. Carnitine it improves metabolism and overall performance and promotes regeneration
  3. Vitamin D it helps your body effectively absorb calcium to build strong and dense bones
  4. Proteins it gives the foundation for human energy and muscle building
  5. Zink it improves our body's resistance capability and promotes growth and metabolism
  6. Iron it helps you prevent anaemia, tiredness and depression
  7. Creatine it promotes regeneration and increases muscular force
  8. Choline it helps dissolve fats and improves memory
  9. B vitamins they improve concentration, stamina and nervous functions
9 tips for making healthy meals from pork
Healthy pork meals every day!

Pork is the most frequently consumed type of meat in Hungary. No surprise – not only does pork contain a large amount of protein, vitamins and trace elements, but it is also a great raw material for delicious meals. If you keep some practical tips in mind, pork is also easy to be built into your healthy diet.

1. Be smart in your kitchen!

Choosing the proper cooking, broiling, etc. method helps you keep your meat meals low in fat. For example, you can fry meat slices in a nonstick (e.g. Teflon-coated) pan or in oven with little added oil or fat instead of making crumbed schnitzel (also called “wiener schnitzel”). Alternatively, you can also use cooking bags or aluminium foil to keep fat level low.

2. Garnish does matter:

It is a good idea to eat meat with plenty of garnish (e.g. vegetables or salads). It helps you reduce calories in the meal and bring more of the precious and important nutrients into your body at the same time.

3. Excellent raw materials.

Make sure that you always buy food (meat, in particular) from trusted and reliable sources offering high quality. High-quality pork is a superior source of protein for our body the iron content of which is more readily absorbed by our body than iron of plant origin.

4. Pork à la Healthy.

Pork can be easily incorporated in a healthy diet. The most important aspects to keep in mind are: opt for cuts of pork with lower fat content such as leg or crop; choose proper cooking, roasting, broiling, frying, etc. method; and add garnish that is light and rich in vitamins.

5. Taste comes first, salt comes second.

Pork can be a great raw material for delicious meals if you are willing to reduce the amount of salt you use and go for green seasonings. Sticking vegetables and fruits to the meat is a great way to make the ready meal more delicious, tender, diverse and healthy.

6. What about a great sandwich?

A thoughtfully prepared sandwich gives your body everything it needs to stay healthy and well nourished. Whole wheat bread might bring you additional benefits, so might low-fat cheese. Also, add plenty of vegetables and salad to your sandwich and when it comes to pick up your favourite sliced pork products, go for the ones with low sodium content.

7. Keep nutrients well balanced!

In order for us to keep our bodyweight and diet healthy, it is important that we intake only the proper amount of each type of nutrients and not more! The daily recommended intake of pork amounts to 100g of lean pork or 40g to 50g of sliced pork product.

8. Diversity in your diet

Adding diversity to your diet has the extra benefit of making your meals healthier and more exciting. And when our meal is not boring or monotonous, we tend to eat less. Diversity is a great concept for meat meals as well. Why not enriching your soups with pork additions such as meat balls or liver balls?

9. We are here to help you

make your meals healthier and more exciting. Visit our website for useful tips and exciting recipes.

Kométa is committed to producing healthy meat products.

We have strict professional requirements in place to make sure, as much as possible, that the products we make are rich in nutrients and vitamins and originate from pigs that had been fed with natural food.

In an effort to provide our customers with accurate information, we have started to indicate recommended daily intake (RDI) figures on the packaging of our products. Such figures show not only calorie values but also the sugar, fat, fatty acid and sodium content of the particular meat product per serving. For more information on the RDI scheme, please visit the following website (currently in Hungarian only): www.mitiseszemiszom.hu