Pork is the meat taken from pigs. While it is one of the most common meats consumed by Chinese, Thais, Vietnamese and Europeans, and to some extent North Americans, it is not considered kosher in Judaism or halal under Islamic law; Vegetarians and Hindus also avoid it and all other meats
Because of its high myoglobin content, pork is red before cooking, although it becomes lighter
as it is cooked. According to the USDA, pork is considered a red meat, because it contains more myoglobin than white meat such as fish and chicken. Pork is very high in thiamin.
Despite the traditional definition of pork as a red meat, in
1987 the National Pork Board in the US began an advertising campaign to position pork as "the
other white meat" due to a public perception of chicken and turkey (white meat) as more healthy than red meat. The campaign
was highly successful and resulted in 87% of consumers identifying pork with the slogan. As of 2005, the slogan is still used
in marketing pork today, with some variations