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To think that pork is not red meat??

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RevoltingPeasant Sun 09-Nov-14 17:33:23

DH and I have an ongoing debate about this.

I say pork is white meat because, er, it's not red when prepared to eat. When I was growing up, there used to be ads on tv promoting pork as "the other white meat" (as opposed to chicken).

DH argument is that chickens can fly and pigs, along with cows and lambs, can't hmm. I pointed out that on this logic, salmon, broccoli and breakfast cereal could also be considered "red meat". His counter argument is that it just is.

Please come and tell him he is wrong settle this!

Leeds2 Sun 09-Nov-14 17:36:28

I have always said that pork was a red meat. Sorry!

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:36:50



I see your argument and cannot disagree with your logic.
But you are still wrong grin - chicken/turkey etc is white meat, beef and pork and venison is red meat. By definition. Nought to do with what colour is actually is.

<awaits being corrected>

FryOneFatManic Sun 09-Nov-14 17:38:13

This might help.

The definition of pork is still unclear, but I've always understood it as red meat.

Jelliebabe2 Sun 09-Nov-14 17:38:44

Yup, pork is classed as a red meat

Tsoukalosy Sun 09-Nov-14 17:39:21

I have always thought pork was white meat but I don't know the reason behind it? Maybe something to do with something it contains like proteins? Would be interesting to know.

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:41:10

All meat IS protein.

Both chicken and lean pork (visible fat cut off) are v lean meats - maybe that's what you meant?

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 09-Nov-14 17:41:29

Under meat hygiene definitions pork is red meat. As an official vet in an abattoir that processes pork you need a 'red meat ticket'.
'White meat ticket' covers turkey and chicken.

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 09-Nov-14 17:41:50

I was discussing this with a friend earlier in the week. We couldn't work it out. blush

Tsoukalosy Sun 09-Nov-14 17:42:06

Oh that might be what I meant pacificdogwood

Alisvolatpropiis Sun 09-Nov-14 17:42:31

But now I know and can pass it on to friend!

MajesticWhine Sun 09-Nov-14 17:43:03

YABU, pork is red meat.

poolomoomon Sun 09-Nov-14 17:43:24

At one point in my younger years I only ate chicken and fish. There's no definition for this so I would just say "I don't eat red meat." Quite a few people thought this meant I still ate pork because it's white in colour...

Personally I class it as red meat despite its colour. White meat is chicken and turkey IMO.

Trills Sun 09-Nov-14 17:43:33

Is the distinction actually mammals vs birds, with colour having nothing to do with it?

RevoltingPeasant Sun 09-Nov-14 17:44:28

Huh. I was so going to show him this thread in triumph.

<slinks off>

RevoltingPeasant Sun 09-Nov-14 17:45:35

Okay, so <rallying> if it is not red in colour, why is it red meat?

Please don't tell me it's because it can't fly hmm


Tykeisagirl Sun 09-Nov-14 17:46:03

I don't like pork so I have no idea I it's classed as red or white meat, but I always thought the phrase "the other white meat" referred to cannibalism.

OpenSandwich Sun 09-Nov-14 17:46:35

But that means that white meat, is in fact just poultry. So why not just call it poultry?

have a funny feeling snake and frog is white meat though. At any rate it apparently tastes like chicken

OpenSandwich Sun 09-Nov-14 17:47:25

What is rabbit?

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:47:43

I'd go with 'It's red meat because it's a mammal' explanation.

I can only apologise for agreeing with your DP, RevoltingPeasant, soz.

That link is really interesting, FryOne - it is a bit arbitrary.

OpenSandwich Sun 09-Nov-14 17:48:23

And what about duck?

<throws in spanner>

DesperatelySeekingSanity Sun 09-Nov-14 17:48:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:48:43

Oh, rabbit is SO red meat grin

BankWadger Sun 09-Nov-14 17:48:59

It's from a mammal as opposed to a bird. Also wild boar is very red because it runs around and eats real piggy food whereas your typical farmed pig doesn't.

PacificDogwood Sun 09-Nov-14 17:50:04

Well, turkey has red (thigh) and white (breast) meat, doesn't it?

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