Amongst dieters red meat can often be vilified as a definite no-no. So how can you eat red meat healthily?
With images of bacon frying in a pan of fat or inches of tempting crisp crackling, meats such as pork have wrongfully attained an unhealthy reputation.
However, if you’re looking to lose weight, or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, then there’s no need to turn vegetarian or you could well be missing out on a delicious source of important vitamins and nutrients.
So here are some top fact and tips to help you eat red meat healthily while not losing variety from your diet.
Get A Cut Above The Rest:
Avoid cheap processed meat and look for good quality produce with a Food Standards Assured stamp. Choose trimmed, lean or extra-lean varieties.
Red meat is far lower in fat now than it was 20 years ago – lean beef contains just 5% fat, lean lamb 8% and lean pork 4%. More than half of this fat is monosaturated – the type that is better for you and your heart.
Quality cuts of red meat are naturally low in salt and don’t contain any additives.
Enjoy A Little Of What’s Good For You:
All nutrients in red meat are in a form more easily absorbed by the body and they provide on average 40% of our national iron intake.
Pork is a great source of zinc, Vitamins B1 and B12 and Haem iron; these are important for keeping the nervous system healthy, boosting vitality, helping the body to heal and grow and preventing anaemia, the most common nutrient deficiency in the UK.
Cut Out The Bad:
Before cooking, cut any visible fat off your meat for a healthier meal. Grill, bake or microwave without adding any fat and skim excess off the top of any gravies or sauces.
Pork is naturally low in sodium, the hazardous component of salt. A 100g pork steak will contain less than a pinch of salt.
The salt content of bacon has been greatly reduced since Victorian times – it’s now 3-4% compared with levels of 5-7% 155 years ago.
Red meat, with a Glycaemic Index (GI) of zero, can help as part of a low GI diet.
Frying isn’t the only way to cook bacon and lean beef, a stir fry can be a great healthy option. There are plenty of options for how you cook delicious red meat from wraps, salads and stews to just plain grilling.
Plan out a balanced diet which has plenty of fruits, vegetables, and meat. The protein in red meat can fill you up for longer, reducing hunger pangs and the need to snack.
A healthy lifestyle does not have to be meat-free, just remember to buy quality produce and you could make every meal a tasty and healthy one.
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