Pork gets a bad rap when it comes to protein intake. According to a study published in the February journal Obesity, Purdue University researchers found that including protein from lean pork in your diet can help you lose weight while maintaining more lean tissue, including muscle. The pork dieters rated themselves more positively in terms of overall mood and feelings of pleasure during dieting compare to those who ate less protein.
The women in the study followed either a high-protein diet or a normal-protein diet but the same amount of calories. The women who ate more protein, with pork as their only source of meat, felt fuller longer after meals.
So gear up on some needed protein and try this recipe.
3 to 4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
Rinse the pork shoulder and pat dry. Rub salt and pepper over the pork and place in a slow cooker. Add water. Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours, until the pork is very tender.
Remove the pork from the slow cooker and discard the remaining liquid. Shred the pork using a couple of forks. Place the meat back in the slow cooker along with the barbecue sauce and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until the pork is hot again. Serve on buns with extra barbecue sauce.