They say boneless, skinless chicken breasts and turkey are some of the best choices of meat for a healthy diet. Round steaks and roasts, top sirloin, chuck shoulder, arm roasts and top loin are the leanest varieties of beef you can pick. Why lean meat, you ask? That’s because one serving comprises only 4.5g of saturated fat, less than 10g of total fat and 95mg cholesterol; unlike other poultry choices which are laden with fat and cholesterol.
Low in fat and rich in nutrients, this variety seems to be the healthiest way to get the most out of your meat. Nonetheless, here’s why you should be careful while having large servings of meat:
- Leans meat is a good source of complete protein without any extra fat.
- It has fewer calories than other varieties. It considerably reduces the amount of saturated fat we consume through regular high fat meats.
- Lean meats are a rich source of vitamin B, specifically B12, which plays a major role in maintaining the body’s metabolic activities. Vitamin B3 helps calm anxiety and initiates the production of sex hormones.
- Lean red meat is also high in iron, which stimulates energy levels in the body.
- It contains magnesium that promotes bone health, and zinc, which is vital for the immune system.
- Lean meat, especially red meat, provides purines: the compounds which break into uric acid inside the body. Too much of it could lead to high uric acid levels (hyperuricemia), thus increasing the risk of gout.
- Some studies argue that fat is required by the body, and that one should consume meat along with its fatty tissues.
- For a healthy diet, one should consume no more than 6 ounces of lean meat per day. However, because the meat is considered to be light, one may overdo it. Moderation is the key.