Pork Chops can be prepared a variety of ways so the number of calories in them depends on how they are cooked. So how many calories in pork chops are there?
A 4 ounce grilled pork chop has 275 calories. A baked 4 ounce pork chop has the same number of calories in it. A fried pork chop of the same size has many more calories because its cooked in oil. One four ounce pork chop fried in vegetable oil has 475 calories in it.
Pork is a great source of protein which helps the body maintain and build muscle mass. Pork chops are not the leanest type of meat, but they are generally better for you in terms of calories and saturated fat than red meat.
Pork chops can certainly be part of a heart healthy diet when baked or grilled. Its also important to eat pork chops with other healthy foods such as vegetables and quality carbohydrates.
Pork chops are often cooked in flour with added condiments such as butter. This makes them very unhealthy as these added ingredients make the calorie and fat totals go through the roof. If you want to enjoy pork chops without blowing your diet it is best to bake or grill them without adding oil, butter, flour, etc.
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