If the word "pork" brings to mind fatty indulgences like bacon and ham, think again. "The beauty of pork is that over the years farmers have bred it to be leaner and leaner," says Debra Krummel, PhD, RD, a University of Cincinnati nutrition researcher. "You can now find pork that is just as lean as chicken breast."
The leanest option is pork tenderloin, which has very little saturated fat and won't affect your blood cholesterol levels significantly, Krummel says.
Pork is one of the richest food sources of thiamine, a B vitamin that helps the body produce energy from food. It’s also a good source of zinc, a mineral needed for immune system function. Plus, protein (whether it's in pork or other foods) helps keep hunger at bay.