November 2, 2017
Meat is good, right, or is it bad? As time has gone on, studies have begun to show that certain meats can be bad for your health.
This is in addition to new diets and opinion pieces on the dangers of meat in general. While these articles have some credibility, they gloss over the fact that you can still eat healthy on a meaty diet.
It all depends on what kind of meat you eat, how often you eat it and what you actually call meat. For our purposes, fish is also meat since it is a great source of protein.
In order to eat healthy on a meaty diet, there are a few important steps to follow.
One of the most important parts of eating healthy on a meat diet is based on being selective about the types of meat you choose to eat.
Your best bet is to go with meat that is labeled as “Select” or “Choice.” While “Prime” can be delicious, it is often fattier and can have lots of cholesterol.
You should also be on the lookout for leaner cuts of meat and poultry. Lean cuts are lower in fat and generally much healthier for you.
Lean cuts of beef include chuck, tenderloin, sirloin and round. For pork or lamb, lean cuts include tenderloin, chops, leg, and loin. For poultry, the best is skinless breast meat.
It’s important that you be quite careful when it comes to buying ground meat. For ground poultry, there’s often a danger of having more fat than ground beef does, as ground poultry usually includes the dark meat and skin, which are both quite fatty.
In those situations, always go with ground breast meat.
For other ground meats, you should be careful to check the percentages of lean meat to fat. If you want to eat healthy, delicious ground meat, make sure it is at least 90% lean meat. This goes for both meat and poultry.
When people talk about meat, they often focus mostly on beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey.
While those are great sources (if you choose the right cuts), there is another option: fish! Fish is a great source of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, you should probably be eating much more fish than you are eating now, no matter how much fish you’re eating.
Some of the best fish you can add to your diet are:
There’s no way for us to talk about healthy fish to eat on a meaty diet without talking about your meats as well.
We know the major meat players here: chicken, beef, pork, and lamb, but if you want to have great amounts of protein and eat healthily, you’ll need to switch up the types of meat you consume on a regular basis.
Start eating healthier, meatier food today
With these tips, you can enjoy your daily meals while still eating meat regularly. As long as you focus on leaner, more diverse meats, you’ll see great results, not only in your weight and physical health but also in your mood.
Bio: Bryson Telling is a writer for Lima France, a world leader in developing innovative food manufacturing machine.