Spice Up Your Holidays with Healthier-than-you-think Sausage
There are a few things you should know as we dash through the holiday season – specifically about sausage. Sausage is an all-American food that goes well in just about any recipe. However, with so many buying options out there, you may find yourself in a state of confusion when trying to pick out the right brand of sausage for you and your family.
“Sausage can either be made really well, or really poorly,” says Mark Beswick, co-owner of Uncle John’s Pride. “And I think there’s no better time than now during the holidays to debunk some of the myths surrounding one of America’s favorite foods.”
In case you’re unfamiliar with Uncle John’s Pride, the Tampa-based, family-owned producer of fresh and smoked sausage and meats has been providing folks all over the country with quality products for more than forty years. Uncle John’s Pride not only makes its own sausage, but brings sausage-lovers in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina the sausage they love under different brand names as well, such as Bean Brothers, Realtree, and now Garcia Brand… names you’ll recognize on the shelves at retailers such as WalMart, Publix, and Winn Dixie, just to name a few.
“Sausage has long been perceived as a delicious, yet highly-processed and unhealthy food. The first part about it being delicious is true,” says Beswick, “but not the second. Sausage is not only enjoyable, but if made right, it is surprisingly good for you too.”
Uncovering the Nutritional Landscape of Food, a study presented by BBC, outlined and compared what they termed “the world’s most nutritious foods.” In a field of 100, believe it or not, pork made the top ten. According to the study, “pork is a good source of B vitamins and minerals. Pork fat is also more unsaturated and healthier than lamb or beef fat.” With a nutritional score of 73, pork finished closely behind swiss chard (score of 78) and just ahead of beet greens (score of 70). Which sandwich would you rather eat? Swiss chard or smoked pork? We’d bet smoked pork!
Simply because pork is higher in fat than, say, turkey or chicken does not mean that you shouldn’t eat it. All meats have fat. Sausage, however, with its fat to protein ratio of 50/50, is ideal for low-carb diets. It’s also high in vitamins and minerals, with less sodium than turkey or chicken sausage.
Considering the nutritional facts, why shouldn’t turkey or ham share the table with smoked sausage when you’re celebrating the holidays over a meal? Need recipe ideas? Uncle John’s has them; just visit UncleJohnsPride.com. Want to know more about the many types of sausage Uncle John’s offers? You’ll find that, too. You’ll also learn that Uncle John’s sausage is made only with shoulder meat, the prime cut. Unlike many other sausage companies in the marketplace, Uncle John’s Pride uses natural, ground-in-America spices, which accounts for that high-quality flavor and aroma you will find in our products. Few additives make their way into the sausage, and all our products are free from MSG, glutens or fillers. Comparatively across the landscape of sausage companies, you will find a number of them use fillers and other by-products that simply don’t make the cut in Uncle John’s Pride sausage.
In short, you’ll learn why many call Uncle John’s sausage “the best sausage on the planet.” Give it a try this holiday season. We’re sure you’ll agree.