Sunday, January 17, 2010

Not All Meats Are the Same!

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An extremely important part to my diet is consuming plenty of protein. In order to consume protein I eat eggs, protein shakes and lean meats.

The real question is: What is considered a lean meat?

I know a lot of people that will go out and by the most expensive steaks thinking that they are getting lean meats.


Steaks like filet mignons are high in fat. It's why they taste so good! Same is true with chicken legs, they are probably the fattest meats on the chicken.

Here's what you should be looking for:

  • The leanest beef cuts are round steaks and roasts (round eye, top round, bottom round, round tip), top loin, top sirloin, and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
  • The leanest pork choices include pork loin, tenderloin, center loin, and ham.
  • Choose extra lean ground beef. The label should say at least “90% lean”. You may be able to find ground beef that is 93% or 95% lean. I would also suggest trying ground bicon. I made the switch and really do not taste a different from ground beef.
  • Buy skinless chicken parts, or take off the skin before cooking (buying it skinless is a lot less hassle though).
  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts and turkey cutlets are the leanest poultry choices.

Now that you know what meats to buy here's some tips on how to cook them:

  • While doing your cooking preparation make sure to cut all visible fat off of the meat.
  • Try not to fry the meat. I prefer to broil, grill and roast my meats.
  • Once you are done cooking be sure to drain all the fat!
  • Try to avoid breading your meats or adding any heavy sauces or gravies

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