The pork loin chop is from the loin of the pig, where the least fatty and tenderest cuts of meat are to be found. Also sometimes called the pork loin end chop or the pork center loin chop, the pork loin chop has a T-shaped bone that’s slightly off center. It takes well to pan frying, broiling or grilling. The last two methods produce a nice char on the meat and do not require significant amounts of added fat.
A single pork loin chop weighing 263 grams has 376 calories per serving. It also has 55.81 grams of protein, no dietary fiber or sugar and over 15 grams of fat. Of this, the majority is saturated fat, with over 5 grams per serving. A single loin chop also has 155 milligrams of cholesterol. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that adult men and women eat between 4 and 6 1/2 ounces from the protein food group each day, it advises against eating proteins that are high in fat, particularly saturated fat. A diet high in saturated fat can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, and the National Health Service recommends no more than 30 grams of saturated fat per day.
Potassium helps your body build needed proteins and muscle and helps convert carbohydrates into useable fuel. It also aids in maintaining healthy body growth, and, as an electrolyte, it conducts electricity through your system, and helps regulate your heart’s electrical activity. It also maintains your body’s acid-base balance. A single pork loin chop has 823 milligrams of potassium, which is 17.5 percent of the recommended dietary intake of 4,700 milligrams for adult men and women. It is also over 16 percent of the RDI for potassium for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who need 5,100 milligrams per day.
Phosphorous is the mineral found in the second greatest quantity in your body, immediately after calcium. Working with calcium, phosphorous helps keep your bones and teeth strong. A single pork loin chop has 594 milligrams of phosphorous. The recommended dietary allowance of phosphorous is 700 milligrams for adult men and women, including women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. A single loin chop has almost 85 percent of the RDA for phosphorous.
Niacin, vitamin B-3, provides support for your immune system, helps your body process carbohydrates, fats and proteins and ensures your nervous system functions well. Niacin also keeps your hair, skin, eyes and liver healthy. In addition, it produces a number of sex and stress hormones and helps improve your blood circulation. With over 18 milligrams of niacin per single pork loin chop, one serving provides over 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for all adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture: Pork, Fresh, Loin, Blade (Chops or Roasts), Bone-In, Separable Lean Only, Raw
- The Cook's Thesaurus: Pork Loin Cuts
- U.S. Department of Agriculture -- ChooseMyPlate.gov: How Much Food is Needed From the Protein Foods Group Daily?
- National Health Services: Eat Less Saturated Fat
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Potassium in Diet
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Phosphorous
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin B3 (Niacin)